Democrats Facing Disaster In Oregon

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( – The Democrats are hopeful that they will be able to avoid another loss like the one in the Oregon House district which was flipped in the midterms.

The national campaign arm of the House Democrats has endorsed Rep. Janelle Bynum (D), which has caused frustration for former Democratic nominee Jamie McLeod-Skinner who lost in 2022 to Republican Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer. 

In 2022, McLeod-Skinner won the Democratic nomination, defeating incumbent Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) who was endorsed by President Joe Biden. However, she ended up losing by 2 points in the general election, allowing the Republicans to take control of the U.S. House.

The Democrats are now fighting for a different result in the upcoming election cycle, as Bunum previously managed to defeat Chavez-DeRemer twice in the two-state Legislature races. She received top endorsements from EMILY’s List and Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek (D). 

Beaver State-based Democratic strategist Hannah Love argued that all of the Democrats in the state and even around the country were paying attention to that race. They understood that in order for the party to have the majority in the House, they needed to win Oregon. She added that there were a lot of eyes on this particular seat which further showcases how intense this particular race is.

Earlier this year the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) placed Bynum in its Red to Blue list of candidates, which notes all the vulnerable incumbent House Republicans that could potentially have their seats flipped.

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