Cautious reactions from Northwest Republicans after Trump announces White House run

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WASHINGTON – Northwest Republicans on Wednesday reacted cautiously to former President Donald Trump’s announcement the night before that he would make a third run for the White House, reflecting their party’s ambivalence toward the man who has for years dominated GOP politics.

Trump’s announcement Tuesday night, from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, was dampened by a disappointing showing for Republicans in the midterm elections. The party won a narrow majority in the House but failed to retake the Senate, despite economic conditions that favored them, and candidates boosted by Trump despite concerns about their viability lost several key seats Republicans had hoped to capture.

When asked about Trump’s announcement, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane declined to weigh in and said she is focused on working in Congress over the next two years, when she…

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