GOP Takes Key District From Democrats in Blue State as House Control Undecided

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Republicans on Sunday flipped an Oregon congressional district, giving the GOP another seat as control of the House is still up for grabs.

GOP candidate Lori Chavez-DeRemer bested Jamie McLeod-Skinner, a Democrat, in Oregon’s 15th congressional district, according to The Associated Press. As of Sunday evening, Chavez-DeRemer had 51.1 percent of the vote to McLeod-Skinner’s 48.9 percent.

That congressional district was recently redrawn and Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) was ousted in the primary by McLeod-Skinner. Previously, Chavez-DeRemer was the mayor of Happy Valley, Oregon.

“I am humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support we received throughout this campaign,” Chavez-DeRemer told KATU-TV. “From the suburbs of Clackamas, down to rural Linn and Marion counties, and over to the Cascades to Central Oregon, one thing was clear to me: Oregonians wanted common-sense solutions to their everyday problems. Families needed a Congresswoman to tackle inflation, keep us safe, and focus on what’s best for Oregon families.”

The Republican said she was proud of her bipartisan record, asserting it was “critical to approach every issue through a non-partisan lens. That is exactly what I promise to do as your next Congresswoman. This is a historic victory for Oregon, but the work starts now.”

“I vow to work for all Oregonians toward a better future for our children,” she told the outlet.

Elsewhere in Oregon, Democrats were able to keep control of the 1st, 3rd, and 4th congressional districts. The Republican Party kept the 2nd district, which encompasses about two-thirds of the state’s area.

Chavez-DeRemer, a small business owner, built her campaign around concerns over homelessness and rising crime in Portland, which neighbors some of the district’s suburban communities.

McLeod-Skinner, an attorney and regional emergency coordinator, previously ran unsuccessfully for Oregon’s 3rd Congressional District in 2018. She sought to highlight Chavez-DeRemer’s stance on abortion and claimed she was too conservative for the district.

The Congressional Leadership Fund, spent more than $2.7 million on several ads in the district, which stretches from Portland’s southern suburbs to the central high desert city of Bend.

By Jack Phillips

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