In Oregon, the gubernatorial primary stands as a test between the moderate and progressive wings of the Democratic Party at a time of widespread frustration in the state over how the COVID-19 pandemic is being handled, the crisis for support and address homelessness, a general lack of affordable housing and increasing gun violence.
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The two leading Democratic candidates are Tina Kotek, a staunch liberal and former speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives, and Tobias Read, the state treasurer who has positioned himself as a moderate.
In the Democratic-leaning 5th congressional district, U.S. Representative Kurt Schrader — a moderate backed by President Joe Biden — is trying to fight off a primary challenge from progressive Jamie McLeod-Skinner.
The state’s new 6th District has captured national attention as one of the most expensive Democratic congressional primaries this year. It attracted 16 candidates, including Democratic newcomer Carrick Flynn, who is backed by a cryptocurrency kingpin.
In the Democratic-leaning 4th District, eight Democrats are vying for the nomination to replace U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio, who is retiring after 35 years in office.