DelBene, who is vice chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, was part of the congressional delegation that joined Pelosi on her high-profile visit to Asia, including a much-scrutinized stop in Taiwan.
But back home in Washington state, where it was still Tuesday, voters were casting their ballots for several primary races in the state. And while she was out of the country, DelBene was projected to finish first in a nonpartisan primary to represent Washington’s 1st Congressional District, according to the Associated Press.
In Washington state, all candidates are listed on the same primary ballot, regardless of party, and the top two finishers in the nonpartisan primary advance to the general election. DelBene, who has represented the solidly Democratic district since 2012, was expected to win handily. With an estimated 40 percent of the votes counted, DelBene, the only Democratic candidate, led with 64 percent of the vote. The second-place finisher remained undetermined.