Gregoire calls special election to replace Inslee

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Chris Gregoire is calling a special election to fill former U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee's seat for just one month.

Gregoire and Secretary of State Sam Reed said Monday that the state is required to hold a vote to fill a vacant seat. Inslee resigned from his seat last month to run for governor.

The November election will be particularly confusing to voters because Congress is also transitioning to its new district boundaries. The special election will be focused on the old 1st District boundaries that Inslee represented. Voters will also be deciding who will represent the new 1st District.

The person who is chosen to replace Inslee will serve just one month until the new person is seated in January. Reed's office says it will cost the state an extra $770,000 that will be sent to the counties.

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