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NextGen announces support in two Washington races

Political action group NextGen Climate, backed by billionaire California environmentalist Tom Steyer, announced today it would support at least two Democratic legislative candidates in Washington state, the Associated Press reports.

Democrat Seth Fleetwood, who is challenging Republican incumbent Doug Ericksen for his Senate seat in the state’s 42nd district, did not make the short list Sept. 24. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the group won’t throw him any support.

The Associated Press reports the group, which recently received $1 million from Steyer for Washington races, will support candidates in Pierce and King counties:

“NextGen Climate said its support would be focused on two Senate contests: one in Pierce County between Democratic Rep. Tami Green and incumbent Republican Sen. Steve O'Ban, and the other in King County between the Senate's main Republican budget writer, Sen. Andy Hill, and Democratic challenger Matt Isenhower.

Those two races are among a handful that could decide control of the 49-member Senate, which is currently controlled by a coalition of 24 Republicans and two Democrats.

NextGen Climate did not rule out involvement in other races in Washington state, and the group also said it would be working in Oregon on get-out-the-vote efforts on two legislative races.”

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