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June 26, 2007

Burner says '08 will be "far cry" from her first run

Posted by David Postman at 4:38 PM

Democrat Darcy Burner hasn't said much in response to my questions about the chances she'll face a contested primary next year. Today, though, her campaign sent supporters an e-mail detailing some of her recent efforts to be the party's nominee against Rep. Dave Reichert. The message comes after comments by potential Democratic primary opponent Rep. Christopher Hurst, who said Burner doesn't "own" the 8th District nomination.

The e-mail urges donors to give before the June 30 cutoff for second quarter fundraising. The sort of strong fundraising Burner showed in 2004 could help scare off potential opponents. She says in the message that the campaign needs to pay production costs for its first commercial which will air soon. Burner also reports that Democratic congressman Norm Dicks and Jay Inslee have endorsed her again.

Burner's message tries to boost the image of her close race against Reichert in 2004 and explain how next year will be even better for her. She says that last year she was a prime target of White House political chief Karl Rove.

In spite of these efforts, Darcy ran a great '06 campaign. Although the Republicans spent close to $6 million against her, Darcy won 49% of the vote. Her percentage was the best any Democrat has achieved in the 8th, dominating in King County's eastern suburbs and improving the Democratic mark in Pierce County and South King.

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Darcy starts out this new campaign with 16,325 loyal donors, over 2,100 volunteers and name ID in the high 80's! That's a far cry from where she was 2 years ago!


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