Lori Chavez-DeRemer wins Oregon 5th Congressional district race

Lori Chavez-DeRemer

PORTLAND, Ore. — Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer has won the open U.S. House seat in Oregon’s 5th Congressional District, according to an Associated Press projection. Her opponent, Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner, conceded Sunday.

“While there are still votes to count, it appears that the ultimate result will not be the outcome we worked so hard to achieve,” McLeod-Skinner wrote in a statement. “I spoke with Lori to congratulate her and wish her well in representing Oregon’s Fifth District during these challenging times. 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.

The projection from AP comes after Clackamas County, which makes up a large portion of the 5th District, posted results of about 25,000 more ballots over the weekend. Chavez-DeRemer’s vote lead increased slightly.

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Chavez-DeRemer claimed victory on Friday after The Oregonian made its call. 

The victory means the GOP succeeded in flipping a seat that was previously held for seven terms by moderate Democrat Kurt Schrader.

Schrader lost the primary to McLeod-Skinner, who is seen as more progressive, and Republicans saw the seat as vulnerable.

The 5th was also significantly redrawn to include parts of central Oregon, and the closely watched contest attracted millions in outside money.

Elsewhere, Democrats maintained control of the 1st, 3rd and 4th Districts, and the GOP kept the sprawling 2nd. The newly created 6th District is still undecided.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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