Kurt Schrader loses primary in Oregon’s 5th district

More than a week after voters headed to the polls, incumbent Rep. Kurt Schrader fell to 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. McLeod-Skinner, a lawyer and natural resources consultant, will face Republican Lori Chavez-Deremer in the general election, according to The Associated Press.

Schrader was endorsed 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, had the support of several more voices. party liberals, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

The race was one of the most watched Democratic primaries in the country given it was the first to win Biden’s endorsement – but also because the president felt the need to back an incumbent with a patchy track record to support his program.

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

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