Here are some of the 2012 statewide election results in Oregon:
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Bonamici, Walden, Blumenauer win Oregon House races
Incumbents held onto their seats in three Oregon Congressional races that weren't expected to be close. Suzanne Bonamici, a Democrat, has won her first full term in office after a special election in January to replace former Rep. David Wu in the 1st Congressional District. She defeated Republican Delinda Morgan Tuesday. In her brief time in office, Bonamici has focused on supporting education and issues that affect high-tech companies. She also introduced legislation to help deal with debris from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami that's washing up along the coast.
Morgan is a former heavy equipment operator who owns a vineyard with her husband. Morgan said she would be an advocate for small business owners by cutting regulations and getting rid of President Barack Obama's health care law. In Oregon's sprawling 2nd District, Republican Greg Walden has defeated Democratic challenger Joyce Segers.
First elected in 1998, Walden has risen to become chairman of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee and vice chairman of the House Republican Campaign Committee.Segers campaigned to improve education, keep Social Security sound and reduce the role of money in politics. Incumbent Democrat Earl Blumenauer also held onto his seat.Republican Ronald Green and Progressive candidate Woody Broadnax challenged Blumenauer in the 3rd Congressional District, which encompasses eastern Clackamas County and almost all of Multnomah County.
Blumenauer was first elected in 1996. Transit has been a key issue for him in Congress, and he is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee. Green is a TriMet bus operator who opposes offshoring and outsourcing while seeking a tariff policy to protect American jobs. Broadnax campaigned to combat poverty and provide free universal health care for children.
Oregon's longest-tenured congressman faces a second consecutive challenge from a Republican chemist with tea party support in what is expected to be the closest of the state's five U.S. House races. Tuesday's vote is Republican Art Robinson's second attempt to unseat Democrat Peter DeFazio. DeFazio represents the timber-dependent 4th Congressional District, often finding himself fending off both environmental advocates and the timber industry. DeFazio was first elected to the U.S. House in 1986.
Robinson pledges to cut taxes, increase border security and build new power plants. He lost to DeFazio in 2010 by a wide margin but enjoys financial support from tea party advocates, people who deny human involvement in climate change and home-schooling advocates. In the swing 5th District, Democrat Kurt Schrader is running for a third term, against Republican Fred Thompson.
Thompson, a retired Army sergeant, was president and chief executive of a company that converted agricultural waste into building materials. Schrader, a veterinarian, has joined with the Blue Dog Coalition of fiscally-conservative Democrats. (AP)
DeFazio defeats Robinson in 4th District race
Oregon's longest-tenured congressman will hold onto his seat after a second consecutive challenge from a Republican chemist with tea party support. Democrat Peter DeFazio defeated Republican Art Robinson in Tuesday's election. DeFazio represents the timber-dependent 4th Congressional District, often finding himself fending off both environmental advocates and the timber industry. DeFazio was elected to the U.S. House in 1986. Robinson pledged to cut taxes, increase border security and build new power plants. He challenged DeFazio in 2010 and lost handily but got financial support from tea party advocates, those who deny human involvement in climate change and home-schooling advocates. Robinson's youngest son, Matthew Robinson, changed his registration to the Democratic Party so he could challenge DeFazio in the 2012 primary. (AP)
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