Kurt Schrader Loses Oregon 5th District Primary

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More than a week after voters went to the polls, incumbent Representative Kurt Schrader fell for Jamie McLeod-Skinner in the Democratic primary for Oregon’s 5th congressional district.

Election results in the race were delayed after blurry barcodes were rejected by vote-counting machines. According to the Associated Press, McLeod-Skinner, a natural resource attorney and consultant, will face Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer in the general election.

Schrader was supported by President Biden for an eighth term, while McLeod-Skinner, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2018 as the Democratic candidate in Oregon’s 2nd district, received the support of several more liberal voters of the party, including Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

“This is a David and Goliath moment,” said Maurice Mitchell, national director of the Working Families Party, to which McLeod-Skinner belongs. “This victory proves that voters are hungry for leaders who will fight for working families, not billionaires and Big Pharma.”

Schrader is the fourth incumbent to lose in this election cycle, after Representatives David B. McKinley (RW.Va.), Madison Cawthorn (RN.C.) and Carolyn Bourdeaux (D-Ga.).

Dan Conston, chairman of the Congressional Leadership Fund super PAC, says he thinks Chavez-DeRemer’s chances against McLeod-Skinner are good.

“Democrats ate their own food,” he said. “And now a standout Republican candidate will be pitted against a far too liberal activist in Jamie McLeod-Skinner.”

The race was one of the country’s most closely monitored Democratic primaries, as it was the first to earn Biden’s support, but also because the president felt the need to support a sitting party with an unequal track record for the election. support his agenda.

“We don’t always agree, but when it mattered most, Kurt was there for me,” Biden said last month of Schrader, who initially voted against the US bailout plan before eventually supporting the legislation. “And in doing so, he helped turn much of my agenda into law — making a huge difference to the lives of the Oregonians he represents and all of America.”

Four of the five Democratic parties in the district supported McLeod-Skinner over Schrader, although she won two. Deschutes County, in which the challenger had run when it was part of a secure Republican seat, went for McLeod-Skinner by 40 points. That overpowered Schrader’s small advantage in less liberal parts of the district.

“Be outsourced by unlimited SuperPAC funds and operate without the help of the [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee] never worry about us here,” said Jason Burge, the chairman of the Deschutes County Democratic Party. Local activists, he said, had remained organized after McLeod-Skinner’s 2018 campaign for House. “Her success had huge repercussions that helped establish our ground game in Deschutes that cycle and led to many wins.”

Jerred Taylor, the chairman of the Linn County Democratic Party, said district leaders believed McLeod-Skinner would run for more election in November, as Schrader’s role in shortening the Biden agenda could affect the Democratic vote. would press.

“We felt that McLeod-Skinner would have the best opportunity to energize voters and advance the agenda of Democrats in DC,” he said.

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