Cantwell easily wins reelection in Washington Senate race

Cantwell easily wins reelection in Washington Senate race
© Greg Nash

Sen. Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellCoal supporter Manchin named top Dem on Senate Energy Committee Can the climate movement survive populism? Lessons from 'yellow vest' protests Manchin’s likely senior role on key energy panel rankles progressives 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 TrumpHouse Republicans move to block Yemen war-powers votes for rest of Congress Trump says he's considering 10 to 12 contenders for chief of staff Michael Flynn asks judge to spare him from jail time 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.