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Republican Washington state senator challenges Cantwell for US Senate seat
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) ' A Republican state senator from Spokane, Wash., says he'll seek the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell.
Sen. Michael Baumgartner is in his first term after winning the most expensive state senate campaign in Washington history last year.
The 35-year-old Baumgartner graduated from Washington State and holds a master's degree from Harvard. He served as a State Department diplomat in Iraq and as a civilian contractor in counter narcotics in Afghanistan.
He says the nation needs to restore a dynamic economy at home and end a haphazard foreign policy overseas.