has conceded in one of the closest races in the state. Mullet becomes the first Democrat to be reelected in the relatively recently formed 5th. In the 1990s, Kathleen Drew was elected to the senate but was defeated in her bid for a second term by Dino Rossi.
Magendanz, tried to portray Mullet as too liberal for the 5th, which by tradition has voted Republican. Mullet emphasized his ability to compromise and to reach across the aisle. Democrats has good showings in the two house of representative races, showing the 5th may be getting closer to being a swing district.