Cantwell easily wins reelection in Washington Senate race

Cantwell easily wins reelection in Washington Senate race
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Sen. Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellSenate votes to extend key funding mechanism for parks White House poised to take action on AI, 5G Overnight Energy: States press Trump on pollution rules | EPA puts climate skeptic on science board | Senate tees up vote on federal lands bill 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 TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview 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.