Michelle Malkin

Bad news for GOP establishment, good news for America: NRCC-anointed amnesty shill may have lost to 'some GOP no-namer' in WA-01 ==> http://twitchy.com/2014/08/06/bad-ne...amer-in-wa-01/

Bad news for GOP establishment: NRCC-anointed amnesty shill may have lost to ‘some GOP no-namer’ in WA-01

Posted at 7:47 am on August 6, 2014 by Twitchy Staff | View Comments

Ryan Pougiales @ryanpougiales Follow @NRCC's handpicked candidate in WA-01, Pedro Celis, lost in the primary to Rep. DelBene and some GOP no-namer with $4,600 in total receipts
6:51 AM - 6 Aug 2014

In Washington state’s first congressional district, longtime amnesty supporter Pedro Celis had the backing of the National Republican Congressional Committee and big money donors. As of July 16th, he had raised a whopping $428,925, while his more conservative opponent Robert Sutherland had raised only $4,601, according to Federal Election Commission filings (as reported by the Bellingham Herald).
The two candidates’ home pages drive home the funding disparity: This is Celis’ snazzy home page; here is Sutherland’s more economical one.
Celis was expected to easily defeat Sutherland and several other minor candidates. But early returns from last night’s primary indicate it may not work out that way. In Washington, primaries are open (i.e. open to all parties rather than segregated into multiple races). The top two candidates, regardless of party, move on to the general election. As of this writing, Celis is in third place with 12,906 votes (15.1 percent of the total) whereas Sutherland is in second place with 13,626 votes (15.9 percent of the total). (The candidate in first place is Democrat Suzan DelBene.)

Blake Hirst @BlakeHirst Follow Somehow Pedro Celis is in 3rd place
12:20 AM - 6 Aug 2014

Dave Wasserman @Redistrict Follow Interesting... In #WA01, there's a good chance the @NRCC's touted cand, fmr. Microsoft engineer Pedro Celis (R), won't make Nov. ballot.
12:12 AM - 6 Aug 2014

Amnesty proponent Chris Vance, a former state representative and county councilman, took the news in stride:

Chris Vance @Chrisvance123 Follow But two big surprises: Tim Sheldon and Pedro Celis struggling
11:55 PM - 5 Aug 2014

It will be tough for Republicans to win this seat either way.
Editor’s note:

In response to several commenters who asked, this post has been updated to explain how Washington’s open primary system works.