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January 27, 2010 at 4:43 PM

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Gregoire endorses Denny Heck in 3rd Congressional District race

Posted by Kyung M. Song

WASHINGTON -- In a show of solidarity aimed at trying to prevent the 3rd Congressional District from swinging Republican in November, Gov. Christine Gregoire and three other Democratic leaders on Wednesday endorsed entrepreneur Denny Heck’s bid to succeed retiring Rep. Brian Baird.

Heck, founder of the public-affairs television network TVW, announced official backing from former Washington Gov. Booth Gardner, state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler and former Rep. Don Bonker. Since entering the race Jan. 6, Heck has quickly positioned himself as a frontrunner, both in endorsements and the size of his bankroll.

Baird, D-Vancouver, has decided to leave Congress at the end of his term. Republicans are targeting Baird’s seat as perhaps their best prospect in Washington during this year’s midterm elections.

UPDATE: State regulators say Gregoire broke campaign finance laws by encouraging donations to Heck. The AP has the story.

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