Pramila Jayapal’s sister loses primary to replace retiring Oregon Rep. Blumenauer

Susheela Jayapal, the sister of Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), lost the Democratic primary to replace Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), who is retiring after nearly 30 years in office. 

Susheela Jayapal lost the primary to Democratic challenger Maxine Dexter, who won the race with 53.2% of the vote with more than a third of the vote counted. The Associated Press called the race at 8:54 p.m. EST.

Susheela Jayapal ran on a progressive platform, much like her younger sister who heads the House Progressive Caucus.

The race between Susheela Jayapal and Dexter attracted widespread attention, with at least one super PAC pouring more than $1 million into the race to attack Susheela Jayapal’s record. Meanwhile, another group, the 314 Action Fund, spent at least $1.7 million to boost Dexter.

That money prompted Susheela Jayapal and Eddy Morales, who also ran for the
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