Top Oregon US House races too early to call

Nov 7, 2022, 7:44 PM | Updated: Nov 8, 2022, 10:14 pm
Jamie McLeod-Skinner, Democratic candidate for Oregon's 5th Congressional District, addresses suppo...

Jamie McLeod-Skinner, Democratic candidate for Oregon's 5th Congressional District, addresses supporters at the Silver Moon Brewery Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Bend, Ore. (AP Photo/Andy Nelson)

(AP Photo/Andy Nelson)

              Jamie McLeod-Skinner, Democratic candidate for Oregon's 5th Congressional District, addresses supporters at the Silver Moon Brewery Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Bend, Ore. (AP Photo/Andy Nelson)
            
              Jamie McLeod-Skinner, Democratic candidate for Oregon's 5th Congressional District, addresses supporters at the Silver Moon Brewery Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Bend, Ore. (AP Photo/Andy Nelson)
            
              Voters in Clackamas County, Ore., cast ballots just a few hours before the 8 p.m. deadline at the elections offices in Oregon City, Oregon on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. A large part of the county is in Oregon's newly redrawn 5th Congressional District, where Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer and Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner are in a neck-and-neck race for an open seat that's been targeted by the GOP. Voters there said gas prices and inflation were their top concerns. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
            
              Voters in Clackamas County, Ore., cast ballots just a few hours before the 8 p.m. deadline at the elections offices in Oregon City, Oregon on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. A large part of the county is in Oregon's newly redrawn 5th Congressional District, where Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer and Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner are in a neck-and-neck race for an open seat that's been targeted by the GOP. Voters there said gas prices and inflation were their top concerns. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
            
              Voters in Clackamas County, Ore., cast ballots just a few hours before the 8 p.m. deadline at the elections offices in Oregon City, Ore., on Nov. 8, 2022. A large part of the county is in Oregon's newly redrawn 5th Congressional District, where Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer and Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner are in a neck-and-neck race for an open seat that's been targeted by the GOP. Voters there said gas prices and inflation were their top concerns. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
            
              Voters in Clackamas County, Ore., cast ballots just a few hours before the 8 p.m. deadline at the elections offices in Oregon City, Ore., on Nov. 8, 2022. A large part of the county is in Oregon's newly redrawn 5th Congressional District, where Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer and Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner are in a neck-and-neck race for an open seat that's been targeted by the GOP. Voters there said gas prices and inflation were their top concerns. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
            
              Dozens of people stand in line on Election Day at the Multnomah County Elections Office in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. Oregon has conducted its elections by mail for more than 20 years, but registered voters can vote in person at their county elections office on Election Day. Many people waiting said they didn't receive their ballots in the mail because they moved or recently registered to vote in the state, while others said they preferred to vote in person due to concerns of electoral fraud. (AP Photo/Claire Rush)
            
              Dozens of people stand in line on Election Day at the Multnomah County Elections Office in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. Oregon has conducted its elections by mail for more than 20 years, but registered voters can vote in person at their county elections office on Election Day. Many people waiting said they didn't receive their ballots in the mail because they moved or recently registered to vote in the state, while others said they preferred to vote in person due to concerns of electoral fraud. (AP Photo/Claire Rush)
            
              A voter drops off a ballot in a drop box in Portland, Ore., on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. Registered voters in Oregon receive their ballots by mail and have until Election Day to drop them in a ballot box or mail them back. Oregon has conducted its elections by mail for more than 20 years, but registered voters can also vote in person at their county elections office on Election Day. (AP Photo/Claire Rush)
            
              A voter drops off a ballot in a drop box in Portland, Ore., on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. Registered voters in Oregon receive their ballots by mail and have until Election Day to drop them in a ballot box or mail them back. Oregon has conducted its elections by mail for more than 20 years, but registered voters can also vote in person at their county elections office on Election Day. (AP Photo/Claire Rush)
            
              Jamie McLeod-Skinner, Democratic candidate candidate for Oregon's 5th Congressional District, left with scarf, greets supporters with her wife, Cass Skinner-McLeod, at an election watch party at the Silver Moon Brewery Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Bend, Ore. (AP Photo/Andy Nelson)
            
              Jamie McLeod-Skinner, Democratic candidate candidate for Oregon's 5th Congressional District, left with scarf, greets supporters with her wife, Cass Skinner-McLeod, at an election watch party at the Silver Moon Brewery Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Bend, Ore. (AP Photo/Andy Nelson)
            
              Voters in Clackamas County, Ore., cast ballots just a few hours before the 8 p.m. deadline at the elections offices in Oregon City, Oregon on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. A large part of the county is in Oregon's newly redrawn 5th Congressional District, where Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer and Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner are in a neck-and-neck race for an open seat that's been targeted by the GOP. Voters there said gas prices and inflation were their top concerns. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
            
              Voters in Clackamas County, Ore., cast ballots just a few hours before the 8 p.m. deadline at the elections offices in Oregon City, Ore., on Nov. 8, 2022. A large part of the county is in Oregon's newly redrawn 5th Congressional District, where Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer and Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner are in a neck-and-neck race for an open seat that's been targeted by the GOP. Voters there said gas prices and inflation were their top concerns. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
            
              FILE— In this undated provided by the Erickson Campaign, shows Republican Mike Erickson, a businessman, who is running for Oregon's 6th Congressional District seat in the Nov. 8, 2022 election. (Erickson Campaign via AP)
            
              FILE - State Rep. Val Hoyle, D-Eugene, speaks during a legislative forum at the Capitol in Salem, Ore., on Jan. 27, 2015. Hoyle is running for reelection to Oregon's 4th District U.S. House seat in the Nov. 8, 2022 election. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)
            
              FILE - Andrea Salinas, A Democratic candidate in Oregon's 6th congressional district, poses for a photo in Portland, Ore. on March 24, 2022. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP)
            
              FILE - Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner speaks at a candidates debate at Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego, Ore., Monday, Oct. 17, 2022. McLeod-Skinner is seeking election to Oregon's 5th Congressional District in the Nov. 8, 2022 election. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Democratic and Republican incumbents in Oregon’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd Congressional Districts won reelection Tuesday to the U.S. House of Representatives, with the state’s other three seats still up for grabs.

Democrats Suzanne Bonamici in the 1st and Earl Blumenauer in the 3rd held their districts, which both include parts of Portland, while Republican Cliff Bentz was reelected in the 2nd, which covers the state’s eastern half and much of the south.

An hour after partial returns were released by Oregon’s secretary of state, it was too early to call the other races.

A toss-up in the 5th District and a closer-than-expected race in the 6th have Democrats battling to maintain their advantage in the state as Republicans seek to capitalize on concerns about inflation and crime.

Democrats controlled four of the state’s five previous U.S. House seats and are hoping to claim its newly created sixth one as well. Oregon was one of just six states to gain a seat after the 2020 census.

The most hotly contested race is in the 5th, which stretches from Portland’s affluent southern suburbs to the central high desert city of Bend and includes the rural, mountainous areas in between.

Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer, a businesswoman and former mayor of the Portland suburb of Happy Valley, is hoping to flip the district red for the first time in over two decades. The super PAC linked to House Republicans, the Congressional Leadership Fund, has spent more than $2.7 million on several ads there.

She’s facing off against Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner, an emergency preparedness coordinator. The progressive candidate ousted moderate seven-term incumbent Kurt Schrader in the party’s primary.

Chavez-DeRemer is one of two candidates running to be Oregon’s first Latina elected to Congress, along with Democrat Andrea Salinas in the state’s new 6th District.

The 6th also includes parts of Portland’s southern suburbs, along with the state capital, Salem, and more rural areas. Many analysts view it as leaning Democratic.

Salinas, a state representative and former congressional staffer, is up against Republican Mike Erickson, a businessman who is running for Congress for a third time.

The retirement of longtime Democratic incumbent Peter DeFazio, who was first elected in 1986, has created an open seat in the 4th District. The district spans the central and southern coasts, and includes rural conservative areas but also the more populous and liberal college towns of Eugene and Corvallis. Republicans are eyeing it, but the district is widely seen by analysts as leaning Democratic; it last sent a Republican to the House in 1972.

Oregon Labor Commissioner and former Democratic state Rep. Val Hoyle is vying to keep the 4th blue, while Republican Alek Skarlatos is running his second campaign for the seat. Skarlatos, a former member of the Oregon National Guard, gained fame in 2015 for helping thwart an attack by a heavily armed gunman on a train bound for Paris.

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Top Oregon US House races too early to call