State Republican Party hopes to flip Snohomish County to its side in the fall

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Susan Hutchison is chairman of the Washington State Republican Party. (Photo: Q13 News)

PASCO, Wash. (AP) — Republicans say they can win more statewide political offices in Washington if they are able to flip Snohomish County to the GOP side.

That’s according to Susan Hutchison, chairwoman of the Washington State Republican Party. She spoke at the group’s convention in Pasco on Friday.

Hutchison contends Snohomish County, which includes Everett, can be a swing county in the 2016 elections and could throw the governor’s race to Republican Bill Bryant and control of the state House of Representatives to the Republicans.

She noted that Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee won the county by just 2 percent of the vote in his first run for governor in 2012.

The Republican convention concludes Saturday.