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U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader falls to insurgent candidate in Democratic primary election

The insurgent candidacy of Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner against U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Canby, has held on to its victory margin as more voting totals have come in. She's doing best at the far ends of the House district that crosses the Cascades.

McLeod-Skinner in a May 27 statement said she was honored to be elected as Oregon's 5th District Democratic nominee for Congress.COURTESY PHOTO - Jamie McLeod-Skinner

"From Sellwood to Sunriver, Oregonians never stopped believing we can protect our families, our climate and our civil rights. Oregonians — this is your victory," she said.

Overall, McLeod-Skinner is winning 59% of the vote in the 5th District, less than a percentage point below where she was running when the first votes were released on election night.

Currently, Schrader is winning in three of the five counties in the district: Marion, Linn and in the few votes that have come in from Clackamas County. But McLeod-Skinner has been able to offset those county counts by winning 70% of the vote in Deschutes and 60% in Multnomah.

The apparent win by progressive Terrebonne attorney McLeod-Skinner over moderate Schrader in the Democratic primary could cause more turmoil, some top political forecasters said after the primary election day.

The Center for Politics at the University of Virginia moved the race from "Likely Democratic" to "Leans Democrat" because of the loss of an incumbent.

Former Happy Valley Mayor Lori Chavez-DeRemer won the Republican nomination.


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