REDMOND, OR -- Control of Congress was up for grabs last night, with both parties carefully watching races in Oregon. In the newly redrawn Fifth Congressional District, Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer took a slim lead over Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner Tuesday night. By Wednesday morning, that margin had widened, with Chavez-DeRemer leading by about 9,400 votes. The GOP had hoped to flip the seat currently held by Democrat Kurt Schrader after redistricting stretched CD5 from a corner of Multnomah County to Redmond. Click HERE for the latest results.
In the Second District, Republican incumbent Congressman Cliff Bentz easily beat his Democratic challenger. Democrats Suzanne Bonamici in Oregon’s First Congressional District and Earl Blumenauer in the Third District also celebrated reelection victories, based on preliminary counts. Democrat Val Hoyle claimed victory in the Fourth Congressional District, replacing retiring Democrat Peter DeFazio. And, Democrat Andrea Salinas appears to have eked out a win in the new Sixth District with 50% of the vote, over Republican Mike Erickson's 48%.
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) easily won reelection last night over GOP challenger Jo Rae Perkins. He addressed supporters at the Democratic Party of Oregon gathering Tuesday night, "I am humbled and honored that you have chosen me to represent you for the next six years." He added, "In all 36 counties, Oregonians have trusted me to listen to their concerns and follow up, and I vow to continue those conversations in countless town halls, grocery store aisles and chance encounters in Main Street in Oregon."