Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., had a wide lead Tuesday night in the race for the Washington 4th District congressional seat.
He had 100,880 votes district wide, or 67 percent of votes counted, compared to challenger Mary Baechler’s 50,367 votes or 33 percent.
Hastings was leading Tuesday night in all eight counties or partial counties that make up the 4th District.
During the campaign, Baechler said Hastings had spent too much time working on special interests in the oil natural gas and coal industries — industries that don’t have a presence in the 4th District.
But Hastings countered that as a member of Congress and chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, addressing national issues such as energy production is an important part of the job. It also benefits residents, farmers and business owners of Central and Southeast Washington, he said.
Hastings has held the position since January 1995 and the next term will be his 10th.