President Joe Biden chose Oregon Representative Kurt Schrader to receive his very first endorsement, but that couldn’t save him from the ultraprogressive candidate backed by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
It took over a week to count the ballots in the tight race, but leftist candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner was declared the winner this morning by the Associated Press.
The loss ends Schrader’s seven-term career in Congress and represents a major victory for progressives. Biden endorsed the congressman in spite of the two not always getting along.
“We don’t always agree, but when it has mattered most, Kurt has been there for me,” Biden said according to the Daily Caller. “And in doing so, he has helped to pass much of my agenda into law — making a huge difference in the lives of the Oregonians he represents and all of America.”
McLeod-Skinner is a political newcomer with progressive inclinations. She will face former Happy Valley mayor Lori Chavez-DeRemer in the general election. The Cook Political Report rates the district as “leans Democratic” but McLeod-Skinner’s victory puts it on the map for Republicans as they seek to retake the House.