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Bentz clinches Republican race for 2nd District seat; Spenser pulls ahead for Democrats

With the initial results from Oregon's 2020 primary election coming in, several candidates for Oregon's 2nd Congressional District have pulled ahead in their respective party races.

Posted: May 19, 2020 8:12 PM
Updated: May 19, 2020 10:29 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — With the initial results from Oregon's 2020 primary election coming in, one candidate has pulled ahead in the race for the Republican candidacy for Oregon's 2nd Congressional District, but the Democratic race remains uncertain.

With over 31 percent of the vote, Cliff Bentz took the lead over major Republican contenders Knute Buehler, Jason Atkinson, and Jimmy Crumpacker.

Shortly before 9:30 p.m., Buehler — the closest challenger to Bentz's lead — put out a statement conceding the election to Bentz and congratulating him on the victory.

"Cliff is a good man and a strong legislator. His deep roots in CD will serve us all well in Congress," Buehler said. "I strongly endorse Cliff and encourage all Republicans to rally behind him to keep CD2 Republican in 2020. Congrats to Cliff, his family and all his supporters."

For the Democrats, Alex Spenser maintains a narrow lead with 32.3 percent of the vote over Nick Heuertz, who has 30.8 percent.

Results are not yet final and may change as additional votes are tallied.

Congressman Greg Walden has held the 2nd District seat since 1999, but announced last October that he would not seek re-election, preferring to retire from politics. The massive 2nd District, which encompasses most of south, central, and eastern Oregon, has become the state's only reliably Republican federal seat in recent years.

As a result, the Republican primary field was particularly crowded for this year's election — including candidates Cliff Bentz, David Campbell, Glenn Carey, Jason Atkinson, Jeff Smith, Jimmy Crumpacker, Justin Livingston, Kenneth Medenbach, Knute Buehler, Mark Roberts, and Travis Fager.

The Democratic field is more narrow — including candidates Alex Spenser, Chris Vaughn, Jack Howard, John Holm, and Nick Heuertz.

"Being elected to represent the Republicans of CD2 in the 2020 race for congress is one of the most humbling experiences of my life," said Bentz in a statement to supporters. "It’s an incredible honor to follow in Congressman Walden’s footsteps. Just as he has done, I will do my best to represent and uphold the values of CD 2 and Rural Oregon."

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Reported Deaths: 2572
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Washington25592233
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Clackamas17440214
Lane13007148
Jackson10862139
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Linn492969
Yamhill446376
Klamath441164
Polk375752
Malheur351863
Josephine334570
Douglas327271
Benton310019
Jefferson219837
Coos206633
Columbia174427
Union144823
Lincoln137921
Wasco137728
Hood River118730
Crook111322
Morrow110716
Clatsop9858
Baker95414
Tillamook6493
Curry6469
Grant5095
Lake4517
Harney3448
Wallowa1845
Gilliam631
Sherman581
Wheeler321
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Reported Deaths: 62573
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San Diego2785913729
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Kern1091771374
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Alameda879401657
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San Joaquin732201391
Contra Costa68741805
Stanislaus621421061
Tulare49654839
Monterey43613383
San Mateo42038568
San Francisco36720544
Santa Barbara34337456
Solano32953252
Merced31898460
Sonoma30035320
Imperial28443726
Kings22989246
Placer22679292
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Madera16462242
Santa Cruz16264207
Marin14056227
Yolo13910210
Shasta12152226
Butte12026199
El Dorado10168112
Napa987082
Sutter9433112
Yuba626847
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Tehama557262
Nevada474275
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