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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Republican Cliff Bentz has secured Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District race for the US House of Representatives, according to the Associated Press.
Bentz defeated Democrat Alex Spenser for the seat after it was vacated by Republican Greg Walden.
Walden didn’t run for a 12th term in the US House of Representatives in the conservative region covering the rural eastern and central part of Oregon. That opened the seat up in the 2020 election.
Political experts called the win for Bentz, a former Republican state senator, as highly likely given the region’s traditionally conservative-leaning electorate, where there are 40,000 more Republican registered voters in the state’s largest district than Democratic.
However, candidate Alex Spenser, expressed optimism at winning over the some 200,000 non-affiliated voters in the region and upend experts’ predictions.