WASHINGTON (8/19/10)--The trend of strong results for credit union-backed candidates continued on Tuesday, with credit union backers moving on to general election contests in Washington State. Senate incumbent Patty Murray (D), who has been backed by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and the Washington Credit Union League, will move on to face Dino Rossi (R) in November after she won 46% of the total primary vote on Tuesday. Rossi won 34% of the total electorate, with a pair of Tea Party-supported Republican nominees garnering 15% of the total vote. Washington’s primary system ends in a general election runoff between the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation. Murray last year worked with the league, as well as GESA CU and Spokane Teachers CU, to promote financial literacy legislation in the senate. State Representative Jamie Herrera (R), who has also worked with the Washington league on a successful public funds bill, will face Denny Heck (D) in November. The contest, which is expected to be competitive due to the close party registration in Washington’s third district, is for the open seat of retiring congressional Rep. Brian Baird (D). "Both of these candidates--Senator Murray and Representative Herrera--are strong credit union friends who will face very competitive races in the general election," said Trey Hawkins, CUNA vice president of political affairs. "We look forward to working with the Washington Credit Union League to ensure that these candidates win in November."