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Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer changes Oregon’s 5th congressional district

PORTLAND, Ore. — Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer won the open U.S. House seat in Oregon’s 5th congressional district, switching districts to the GOP in a close race that attracted millions of money external to the state.

Chavez-DeRemer’s victory makes her the first Latina congresswoman from Oregon, a distinction also sought by 6th District Democratic candidate Andrea Salinas. That race was still too early to call.

Previously, moderate Democratic Rep. Kurt Schrader held the district for seven terms and was targeted by the GOP, which saw the fifth as vulnerable after the former incumbent’s primary loss to progressive candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner.

McLeod-Skinner conceded the race Sunday and said in a statement that she had called to congratulate Chavez-DeRemer.

“While there are still votes to be counted, it looks like the end result will not be the result we worked so hard to achieve,” he wrote.

The fifth was significantly redrawn after the 2020 US Census to include parts of more conservative central Oregon, and trended slightly less blue this election. Democrats still hold a slight lead in voter registration, but both campaigns targeted about a third of the district’s unaffiliated voters.

Chavez-DeRemer, a small business owner and former mayor of the Portland suburb of Happy Valley, built her campaign around concerns about homelessness and rising crime in Portland, which abuts some of the suburban communities from District.

McLeod-Skinner, an attorney and regional emergency coordinator, ran unsuccessfully for Oregon’s 3rd Congressional District in 2018. She tried to highlight Chavez-DeRemer’s shifting stance on abortion and portrayed her as a far-right candidate who was too conservative for the district.

The House Republican-linked super PAC, the Congressional Leadership Fund, spent more than $2.7 million on various ads in the district, which stretches from Portland’s affluent south suburbs to the downtown city of Bend. of the desert.

Elsewhere in the US House races in Oregon, Democrats held control of Districts 1, 3 and 4, and the Republican Party held the second, which encompasses nearly two-thirds of the state.

Copyright © 2022 The Washington Times, LLC.



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