Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) won't pick favorites in the Democratic primary to replace him, he told The Hill.

"That's up to the Democratic caucus next year," said Dicks, who announced his retirement earlier in the week. "They're all friends and they're all good people."

The Tacoma-based district leans Democratic and the party should be able to hold the seat, although it could be competitive.

State Sen. Derek Kilmer (D) is in the race. Other Democrats who may be interested include state Sen. Jim Hargrove and state Sen. Tim Sheldon.

Republicans in the race include software consultant Jesse Young, Dicks's 2010 opponent, and attorney Doug Cloud.

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