Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:
Washington 3rd (Open seat) – Rep. Brian Baird (D) is retiring
Primary: August 17, 2010
Location: Southwestern Washington
Days until Election Day: 97
Democratic Rep. Brian Baird created some headaches for his party during the recent health care reform debate when he voted against the House plan last November and then remained on the fence about the Senate bill, which he eventually supported. Nonetheless, his decision to retire at the end of the year is a significant blow to House Democrats fighting to keep control of the chamber in a cycle where every seat will count. His departure gives Republicans their best opportunity to pick off a seat on the West Coast.