By Shaun Moore

The race in Washington’s 8th Congressional District is a microcosm of what Republicans are facing in races across the nation.

The 8th District seat was created in 1980 and has never been held by a Democrat. But socially liberal, fiscally conservative Republicans in Seattle’s eastside suburbs are fed up with the current atmosphere in Washington and they might take out their frustrations on incumbent Dave Reichert.

Despite bucking the administration on issues such as stem cell research, drilling in ANWR, and Terri Schiavo, Burner has been able to paint Reichert as a rubber stamp for the Bush Administration, citing issues such as Iraq and corruption. In recent polls, Burner is running 2 points ahead of the incumbent. Those numbers go a long way to show just how much an affiliation with President Bush is hindering Republican campaigns across the nation.

Throughout the country, many Republican incumbents who once viewed their seats as Republican safe havens find themselves in a fierce battle. Disenchanted Republican voters are voicing their dissatisfaction on the War in Iraq, corruption, and the mounting deficit.

In order for the Democrats to take control of the House they need to gain 15 seats in next week’s election. Some analysts have said that there are least 12 races where the incumbent is Republican in which the Democrats are far enough ahead that those seats may no longer be in play. Washington’s 8th is shaping up to be one of a handful of races that could sway the power in the House.

Shaun Moore blogs at The Daily Spectator.

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