ⓘ 2004 United States Senate election in Washington

                                     

ⓘ 2004 United States Senate election in Washington

The 2004 United States Senate election in Washington was held on November 2, 2004. Incumbent Democrat U.S. Senator Patty Murray won re-election to a third term, defeating Republican U.S. Representative George Nethercutt. She became only the fourth Washington senator to win 3 consecutive terms, just after fellow Democrats Warren G. Magnuson and Scoop Jackson. Nethercutt was known for having defeated Tom Foley, the sitting Speaker of the House of Representatives, as part of the 1994 Republican wave.

Term limits became an issue in the campaign, as Democrats seized on Nethercutts broken term limits promise that he made when he dumped Foley in 1994. Geography was also against all who hinder his lack of name recognition in the more densely populated Western part of the state, where two-thirds of the population of the state. Washington has not elected a Senator from East of the cascades, miles Poindexter in 1916. Other important issues of national security and the war in Iraq. Next supported the invasion of Iraq, while Murray opposed it.

The following was considered a heavy underdog from the start, and his campaign has not received much attention. In November, he lost 12 points, getting 43% of the votes to Murrays 55 percent. He carried only one County West of the cascades.