U.S. Representative Kurt Schrader (D-OR 5th District) speaks to a gathering of Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers and their family members during a mobilization ceremony to honor Company G, 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, for their upcoming deployment overseas, January 27, in Salem, Oregon. Approximately 70 Soldiers in the unit are scheduled to deploy to the Middle East where they will provide aeromedical support throughout the Persian Gulf region using Blackhawk helicopters. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs) [Photo Credit: Oregon National Guard from Salem, Oregon, United States, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons]
In a wild turn events and a full week after the polls closed, it has just been determined that Biden-endorsed incumbent Congressman Kurt Schrader has lost his primary in Oregon’s 5th Congressional district.
Election results in the race were delayed after blurry bar codes were rejected by vote-counting machines. McLeod-Skinner, a lawyer and natural resource consultant, will go on to face Republican Lori Chavez-Deremer in the general election, according to the Associated Press.
Schrader was endorsed by President Biden for an eighth term while McLeod-Skinner, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2018 as the Democratic nominee in Oregon’s 2nd District, had the backing of several of the party’s more-liberal voices, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
“This is a David and Goliath moment,” said Maurice Mitchell, national director of the Working Families Party — to which McLeod-Skinner belongs. “This win proves that voters are hungry for leaders who will fight for working families, not billionaires and big pharma.”
This makes Schrader now the fourth incumbent Member of Congress to be defeated.
Schrader joins a list which includes Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux (D-GA), and Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) who lost to President Trump’s pick and fellow Congressman Rep. Alex Mooney.