Oregon state Rep. Janelle Bynum advances to face Chavez-Deremer in key House race

Oregon state Rep. Janelle Bynum won the high-profile Democratic primary to take on Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer (R-OR), setting the stage for what is considered to be one of the most competitive elections of the 2024 cycle. 

Democratic establishment-backed Bynum defeated progressive Jamie McLeod-Skinner in a high-profile Democratic primary after receiving 70% of the vote with 48% of ballots tallied. The Associated Press called the race at 11:39 p.m. EST, less than one hour after polls closed. 

McLeod-Skinner’s primary defeat comes after she lost to Chavez-DeRemer in the 2022 midterm elections by just 2 percentage points. Bynum used that to her advantage throughout the primary cycle, positioning herself as a candidate who has previously defeated Chavez-DeRemer and could do so again.

Bynum twice defeated Chavez-DeRemer in 2016 and 2018 for a state House seat, once by 2 points and then again by 8 points.

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