Cantwell easily wins reelection in Washington Senate race

Cantwell easily wins reelection in Washington Senate race
© Greg Nash

Sen. Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellDon't revive logging in national forests Top Finance Dem offers bill to help those repaying student loans save for retirement Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg meets with senators on privacy MORE (D-Wash.) easily secured a fourth term in the Senate on Tuesday night.

Cantwell defeated GOP candidate Susan Hutchison a former broadcast journalist who lead the state GOP party for five years, who she outspent by more than $7 million.

Though public polling was scarce in the race, Cantwell was expected to easily cruise to reelection against Hutchison, a conservative who backed President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' MORE in 2016, in the deep blue state.

A poll released in October showed Cantwell leading by 14 percentage points, and handicappers rated the race as solidly Democratic.