GOP Flips House Seat in Deep-Blue Oregon, Bringing Party Closer to House Majority

Lori Chavez-DeRemer beats leftist Jamie McLeod-Skinner.

From Free Beacon:

Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer flipped a long-held Democratic seat in Oregon, putting the GOP one step closer to a majority in the House of Representatives.

Chavez-DeRemer beat Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner in Oregon’s Fifth Congressional District by 2 points, the Associated Press reported Sunday. Chavez-DeRemer, a former mayor of Happy Valley, Ore., will be the first Republican woman to represent Oregon in the House. McLeod-Skinner, a radical leftist, had expressed support for the Green New Deal and Medicare for All.

"As mayor of Happy Valley, I was proud of my bipartisan track record, and it was critical to approach every issue through a non-partisan lens," Chavez-DeRemer said in a statement. "That is exactly what I promise to do as your next Congresswoman. This is a historic victory for Oregon, but the work starts now."

Chavez-DeRemer’s victory was a bright spot in a disappointing election for Republicans, who had hoped to secure major gains in the House. With 11 races left to call, a Republican House majority may come down to just a few seats. Republicans notched big wins in New York, where the party’s tough-on-crime messaging helped topple four Democrats, including Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Sean Patrick Maloney.