Republicans gain another seat in the House.
Another seat for the Republicans!
Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer defeated far-left Democratic candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner to flip Oregon’s 5th Congressional District.
Skinner beat incumbent Democrat Rep. Kurt Schrader, who has held the seat since 2009, in the primary.
From The New York Times:
In her primary contest against Mr. Schrader, Ms. McLeod-Skinner ran as a more liberal candidate, leveraging frustrations over his opposition to the scope of the Build Back Better agenda championed by President Biden and other Democrats, as well as over Mr. Schrader’s successful push to water down a proposal that would lower the cost of prescription drugs.
But Ms. Chavez-DeRemer, who opposes codifying abortion rights at the federal level and evaded questions about the legitimacy of the 2020 election, criticized Ms. McLeod-Skinner for her liberal stances. Ms. Chavez-DeRemer was also buoyed by statewide frustration over crime and homelessness in Portland, two issues that energized Republicans and independents to vote for Republican candidates for governor and the House.
McLeod-Skinner conceded defeat: “Our success as Oregonians is dependent on the success of our elected leaders, and I encourage all of us to help our elected leaders bridge our divides to address our common challenges.”
Chavez-DeRemer is Oregon’s first Latina congresswoman. She is a small business owner and once served as Happy Valley’s mayor, a Portland suburb.
The state legislature redrew the district, bringing in “parts of more conservative central Oregon.”
So the redrawn lines do not make Chavez-DeRemer’s win all that surprising, especially since Cook Political and Real Clear Politics had the district trending Republican.
But still, the Republicans gained the House seat, making it harder for the Democrats to maintain the majority.DONATE
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