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Eastern Washington, U.S.A.
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For the university, see Eastern Washington Universitymarker.
Eastern Washington is a region of the United States defined as the part of Washingtonmarker east of the Cascade Mountains. It is notable for, among other things:

Eastern Washington contains part or all of several American Viticultural Areas, including Yakima Valley, Red Mountain AVA, Columbia Valley AVA Horse Heaven Hills AVA, Rattlesnake Hills AVA, Walla Walla Valley AVA and Wahluke Slope AVA.

There have been sporadic movements to create a 51st state out of Eastern Washington by splitting the current state down the Cascades, but proposals have rarely progressed out of the state legislature's committees. Recent proposals were made in 1996, 1999, and 2005. Proposed names for the new state have included Lincoln, and Columbia, or simply Eastern Washington. Many of these proposals were to include the Idaho Panhandle. See: State of Lincoln for more information.

Compared to Western Washington, Eastern Washington has roughly twice the land area and one-third the population. According to the U.S. Census Bureau the population estimate as of 2004 was 1,371,802. The population growth rate between the two is roughly the same. Of Washington's nine Congressional districts, Eastern Washington exactly encompasses two (the 4th and 5th), aside from a small portion of the 4th in Skamania Countymarker. In the 2004 election, this region voted 59% for Republican Dino Rossi, while the Western half voted 53% for Democrat Christine Gregoire.

Eastern Washington is composed of Adamsmarker, Asotinmarker, Bentonmarker, Chelanmarker, Columbiamarker, Douglasmarker, Ferrymarker, Franklinmarker, Garfieldmarker, Grantmarker, Kittitasmarker, Klickitatmarker, Lincolnmarker, Okanoganmarker, Pend Oreillemarker, Spokanemarker, Stevensmarker, Walla Wallamarker, Whitmanmarker, and Yakimamarker Counties.

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