Democrats retain Oregon seat in special election
February 1st, 2012
03:38 AM ET
6 years ago

Democrats retain Oregon seat in special election

Washington (CNN) - A former Oregon state senator won the state's First Congressional District special election Tuesday night - a victory that ensures a Democrat will continue to hold the House seat.

Suzanne Bonamici got 88,925 votes, finishing well ahead of Republican Rob Cornilles' 68,411 votes.


Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Oregon • special election
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  1. Alan

    Wow, I was wondering if you were even going to cover this race.

    The Democratic candidate Bonamici not only held her own, but she blasted the Republican candidate by 20%. The media have been painting the 1st district as deep blue, but that's not really true. There have been years when the 1st district was a tough race, particularly when there was no incumbent. There are a good number of Republicans and Independents out in the Washington County burbs (home of Beaverton, Hillsboro, as well as Nike HQ and major Intel facilities). For example, in 1998, in an open seat, Wu (D) was elected by just 3% over Bordonaro (R) in the 1st district.

    So, congratulations to Congressmember-elect Suzanne Bonamici. Hopefully it will be the first step toward Democrats reclaiming the House in 2012!!

    February 1, 2012 04:33 am at 4:33 am |
  2. anthony graham

    Let's go take it back we are in the house god bless

    February 1, 2012 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  3. T'sah From Virginia

    Sounds like a victory to me – We'll take it!!

    Obama/Biden 2012 and the whole doggone Democrat tickets from TOP to BOTTOM!!

    February 1, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  4. diridi

    good luck, stay united, this nation is in dire danger now than ever before. single talk, single action, united dem...good luck.

    February 1, 2012 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    The handwriting has been on the wall since last year this time. Republicans pulled "The Great Sucker Punch" on voters in 2010. They promised jobs, jobs, jobs, but delivered pink slips instead. Democrats pretty much ran the table on Republicans throughout 2011 as a result. I think Democrats will clear the table and reset it in 2012.

    February 1, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |