The race to beat Schmidt, an update
In following the Democratic primary to face Sen. Dave Schmidt in the 44th district, it has become apparent that Lillian Kaufer has displaced Steve Hobbs as the frontrunner. Kaufer raised twice as much money in April as Hobbs and is catching up in his cash on hand advantage. She recently earned the sole endorsement of the 44th District Democrats by a lopsided margin of 32 to 1, with 18 delegates wishing for a dual endorsement. In addition, past and present Snohomish County Councilman Dave Somers has officially endorsed her candidacy over Hobbs, whom he defeated in his own 2005 Democratic primary. Hobbs began the race with good potential of beating Schmidt, now he may well not make it out of another primary.