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April 12, 2012 at 1:12 PM

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State Rep. Roger Goodman drops his bid for Congress

State Rep. Roger Goodman dropped his bid for Congress Thursday, thinning a crowded field of Democrats running to replace former U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee in the 1st Congressional District.

Goodman, a two-term lawmaker from Kirkland, said in a news release that he would instead focus on getting re-elected in the 46th Legislative District.

"Today I face a fork in the road. Having campaigned hard in this huge, new 'swing' congressional district, and working under the brutally relentless pressure to raise the startling amount of money now needed for congressional campaigns, I have decided to continue representing my constituents in the State Legislature, to build on a strong record and to keep making a real difference here at home."

Goodman is a progressive Democrat that some analysts felt may be a poor fit for the congressional district, an inland swath Washington stretching from Redmond to Canada drawn during last year's redistricting. It was vacated by Inslee last month so he could focus on running for governor.

The filing deadline isn't for a month, but five Democrats - former state Revenue Director Suzan DelBene, progressive activist Darcy Burner, state Sen. Steve Hobbs, former state Rep. Laura Ruderman and businessman Darshan Rauniyar - have declared their candidacy.

Also running are independent Larry Ishmael and Republican Snohomish County Councilmember John Koster.

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