And though Porterfield had maintained a positive spin on the race throughout her congressional run, as numbers came in Tuesday night it quickly became apparent that Reichert would likely be returning to Washington D.C., and Porterfield would be returning to the drawing board.
As of 9:28 p.m., with 176,837 votes counted, Porterfield was down 40.71 percent to Reichert's 59.29 percent. Though surely disappointing, the results constitute an impressive showing for a grassroots campaign with no money that no one gave a chance. And even in all-but-certified defeat, Porterfield maintains her perspective.
"When I get up tomorrow I have to go back to work, just like you," says Porterfield, not yet ready to concede defeat to Reichert, but ready to look toward the future.
"I don't know what the final numbers are going to say," the Democrat continues, not passing up an opportunity remind me that she was outspent 15-1 by Reichert, and also that vote-by-mail makes election night certainties much more dicey than in the past. "It was wonderful to have had this opportunity."
"I have to tell you, to see our President reelected, and Jay [Inslee] in the lead, makes the night a whole lot better."
While a win in the 8th doesn't seem to be in the cards for Porterfield this time around, the numbers are likely to improve for her as the King County vote continues to come in. The Democrat's strong showing on a shoestring budget may just prove she's got a future in the party.