Rare red tide on the coast for Republicans — how will Democrats respond?

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Washington’s most reliably Democratic county went red for the first time in nearly a century. How will Democrats respond?

John Hughes has lived in the most reliably Democratic county in Washington for seven decades and could sense this election year was different.

“I felt it coming. I could feel it in the tips of my toes,” said Hughes.

Hughes’ consistently blue county may surprise you. It’s not King County, where the majority of voters cast ballots for a Republican governor as recently as 1980 and voted for President Reagan in 1984.

Grays Harbor County hasn’t voted GOP for president since 1928. The Pacific Coast county last went for a Republican governor in 1924. And Democrats have represented Aberdeen in the state Legislature all but once since 1949.

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