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Early returns from Marion County show Republican leading in the House District 22 race

COURTESY PHOTO: OREGON LEGISLATURE - Oregon House District 22 stretches north to south along the I-5 corridor, including Woodburn, Gervais, Brooks, Labish Village and north Salem (Hayesville through Four Corners).Republican Tracy Cramer of rural Gervais continued to lead Woodburn School District Chair Anthony Medina going into Veterans Day weekend when the latest House District 22 results were posted.COURTESY PHOTO: DAVID KILADA - Tracy Cramer

The Marion County Elections Clerk's office updated results late Thursday showing Cramer leading with just over 52% of the counted ballots, while Medina had just under 48% with a total of 14,961 votes counted, not including the 388 uncounted ballots. The county anticipated the next updated totals to be posted following the weekend.

The Cramer camp was optimistic about the numbers.

"I'm honored by the support I've received and very optimistic we'll win," Cramer said. "I'm eager to wait for the remaining ballots to come in and then will begin the work to improve our schools and clean up our streets!"

Medina closed the gap slightly from Tuesday's initial posting, but he was still trailing by 625 votes.COURTESY PHOTO: MEDINA 4 OREGON - Anthony Medina

Democratic incumbent Teresa Alonso Leon, who did not seek reelection in lieu of an unsuccessful bid for the open congressional seat in the primary, was reelected to the seat in 2018 with 9,630 votes to challenger Marty Heyen's 6,486 as a total of 16,116 votes were cast; in 2020 Alonso Leon was reelected with 12,168 votes to Anna Kasachev's 9,218, a total of 21,386 votes cast.

Should Cramer's lead hold up, it would mark a significant change of representation. Alonso Leon has served as the HD 22 representative since first being elected in 2016. Prior to that Democrat Betty Komp served six straight terms after first being elected in 2004.

The last Republican to hold the seat was one-term Rep. Cliff Zauner, who won a razor-thin victory by less than four-tenths of a percentage point in 2002 over Komp, who ran again in 2004 and won easily.

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