Making sure that an upset similar to the NY-9 Special Election last September where Bob Turner (R) surprised David Weprin (D), the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) poured a reported $1.5 million into TV ads supporting Bonamici to ensure that a seat that has been held by Democrats since the 1974 election remained Democrat controlled.
OR-1 Special Election Results:
Both candidates ran strong primary contests in multi-candidate fields that set up the Special Election. Cornilles was defeated by Wu in 2010. The district consists of five counties in northwest Oregon, with Washington County (southwest Portland, Beaverton) accounting for over 63% of the vote cast. The special election was run under the “old” maps and Bonamici will have to run under the “new” redistricted maps in November.
When Bonamici is sworn into Congress, Republicans will control the U.S. House by a 242-192 margin. With the recent resignation of Rep. Giffords (D), the AZ-8 seat is now the lone vacant seat in the House.