PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Of Oregon’s 6 congressional districts, 3 of them were considered “safe seats” — that is, incumbents Suzanne Bonamici, Earl Blumenauer and Cliff Bentz were clearly favored to win.
That theory held up quickly.
By 8: 30 p.m. the Associated Press reported all 3 had been easily re-elected.
- The results show Democrat Suzanne Bonamici with a lead of 67% – 33% over GOP challenger Chris Mann in the 1st District with 62% reporting
- Republican Cliff Bentz holds a lead of 66% – 34% over Democratic challenger Joe Yetter in the 2nd District with 55% reporting
- And in the 3rd District, Democrat Earl Blumenauer won re-election, beating Republican Joanna Harbor by a margin of 70% – 27% with 53% reporting.
Oregon was one of only seven states to pick up a new congressional district as a result of the 2020 census.
Oregon’s 1st District
Democrat Suzanne Bonamici, 68, has represented the 1st District since she was first elected in a 2012 special election. She faced Republican Chris Mann, who for the past nine years has been the Executive Director of The Oregon Military Support Network. He also spent 21 years in the military.
Oregon’s 2nd District
Cliff Bentz is currently Oregon’s only Republican representative at the federal level. He is seeking his second term as congressman, succeeding Greg Walden when he retired. He faced Joe Yetter, who retired as a colonel in the US Army after serving 36 years. He’s also a doctor and a farmer who describes himself as an Army brat, veteran, physician, teacher, farmer and writer.
Oregon’s 3rd District
Earl Blumenauer, 74, has been the 3rd District representative since 1996. He faced a rematch with his Republican challenger, Joanna Harbour. She ran against him in 2020 and decided to run again this year. “While I was considering a potential run in the 3rd District, I was once again asked to run for the office in the 3rd district. I have prayerfully considered it and have decided that I would run again when no one else entered the race a few days before the deadline. The requirements for running for Congress are established in the U.S. Constitutional and the candidate only has to live within the State of Oregon and not within the district boundaries. My town hometown of Estacada is still within the 3rd district. I am still connected with this district and familiar with the issues within its boundaries,” she wrote on her website.