Monday, June 27, 2022

Counting of votes in OR House primary leads to delayed results

Portland, Ore. ( Associated Press) — Ballot counting issues in Oregon’s third-largest county could delay a few days for a definitive result in a major US House primary where Democratic Representative Kurt Schrader faces a formidable challenger from a progressive candidate. Were were

Schrader was trailing in an early return in the 5th District Race against Jamie McLeod-Skinner on Tuesday. The race was too close to call in part due to a printing problem with ballots in Clackamas County.

Meanwhile, a cryptocurrency billionaire-backed political newcomer accepted a longtime state legislator in what is now the 6th district of Oregon, one of the most expensive Democratic congressional primaries in the country.

Blurry barcodes caused vote-counting machines to reject a large number of ballots in Clackamas County and election workers were transferring votes by hand to fresh ballots so they could be tallied. Parts of the 5th and 6th districts are in Clackamas County.

Teams that include both Democrats and Republicans are copying every ballot so they can be scanned and additional activists can be brought in to help. In a statement late Tuesday, Secretary of State Shemaia Fagan called the issues in Clackamas County “unacceptable” but said she is confident the final results will be accurate.

In the Sixth District, southwest of Portland, political novice Carrick Flynn tweeted late Tuesday that he was accepting state Representative Andrea Salinas, who would be Oregon’s first Hispanic member of Congress if elected in November. Flynn said he would campaign for Salinas, who was endorsed by Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a standard-bearer for the party’s progressive wing.

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“It is important that this seat turns blue and that the Democrats retain control of the House,” Flynn wrote.

In the 5th district, Schrader, a seven-term incumbent, dramatically overtook McLeod-Skinner in the redrawn district, which is slightly less blue.

The district, which once extended to the Pacific Coast, now reaches east to include Bend, where Schrader’s name is less recognized. President Joe Biden most recently endorsed Schrader, a veterinarian and former state legislator, but he alienated progressive members of his party during his final term.

He was one of two House Democrats to vote against a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package, as he did not want the bill to include an increase in the minimum wage. He also voted on committee against a Biden-backed plan that would have allowed Medicare to negotiate outpatient drug prices with drug companies.

But some primary voters are concerned that McLeod-Skinner, a lawyer and former city planner, won’t be as competitive in November, especially given that issues like crime and homelessness are on the minds of even moderate Democrats.

Money poured into the Democratic race for the newly created 6th District seat, which included a relatively unknown political newcomer backed by Flynn, a cryptocurrency kingpin, and Salinas, a three-term state legislator. The race has attracted a combined total of 16 candidates for the House seat created by the revaluation of the 2020 Census.

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The nine Democrats competing in the primaries combined have spent more than $18 million and have so far earned more than $13 million in outside money, making the race one of the most expensive among Democratic primaries nationwide. According to OpenSecrets, a non-partisan research group that tracks money. in politics.

Top among them was Flynn, backed by the Political Action Committee of cryptocurrency billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried.

In another important race, Val Hoyle, the state’s current labor commissioner and a former state legislator, won the Democratic nomination in the race to replace Rep. Peter DeFazio in Oregon’s Fourth Congressional District, which is wide open for the first time in decades since The incumbent is retiring. 35 years later.

In Oregon, non-affiliate and third-party voters together make up the largest group of voters and will not get congressional primaries on their ballots. By 8 pm on Tuesday, 22.5% of voters had returned a ballot. Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and have a week to arrive and count.

Elsewhere, Rep. Cliff Bentz won the Republican nomination for the Second Congressional District and Joe Yeeter won the Democratic nomination for the seat in the heavily red district.

Rape. Susan Bonamisi won the Democratic nomination for the first congressional district, and Rep. Earl Blumenauer won the Democratic nomination for the third district. Christopher Mann won the GOP nomination in the first district.

None of the office bearers in those districts faced serious primary challenges.

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