DelBene, vice chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, was part of the congressional delegation that accompanied Pelosi on her high-profile visit to Asia, including a much-researched stop in Taiwan.
But back home in Washington state, where it was still Tuesday, voters cast their votes in several state primaries. And while she was out of the country, DelBene would finish first in an unbiased primary to represent Washington’s 1st congressional district, according to the Associated Press.
In Washington state, all candidates run in the same primaries, regardless of party, and the two best in the unbiased primaries advance to the general election. DelBene, who has represented the solid Democratic district since 2012, was expected to win handily. With an estimated 40 percent of the vote counted, DelBene, the lone Democratic candidate, led with 64 percent of the vote. Second place remained undetermined.