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Reichert Hangs On in Washington’s 8th District

House Republicans have held on to another seat, this time in Washington’s 8th district, where former Microsoft executive Darcy Burner (D) has conceded the race to Rep. Dave Reichert (R). According to the Washington secretary of state, Reichert led Burney by 7,931 votes – giving him approximately a 3-point margin of victory with 79 percent of precincts reporting. The Associated Press projected that Reichert was the winner Friday evening. “It is likely at this point that Congressman Reichert has won re-election, and while we will certainly ensure that every valid vote is counted, we accept the decision of the voters,” Burner said in a statement. This is the second time Burner has challenged Reichert. In their first matchup in 2006, Reichert won by 7,341 votes. Reichert’s win means House Democrats have picked up a net total of 20 seats so far in the 2008 cycle, with a few House races yet to be called in Alaska, California and Ohio.

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