Washington state, nicknamed “The Evergreen State,” anchors the furthest northwest corner of the Pacific Northwest. Western Washington’s temperate rainforests typify the state in many folks’ minds. Misty and drizzly most of the year, summers are sunnier and drier. This westernmost part of the Olympic Peninsula is the wettest place in the 48 contiguous states. At high altitudes, more than 200 inches of snow per year fall on some of the western faces of the Cascade Mountains.

The Cascade Range divides the western portion of Washington, where the majority votes Democrat, from the east, where Republicans predominate. Each region asserts its own distinctive character. The agricultural eastern side…

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