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Wu Resigns, Setting Up Special Election in Oregon


Yesterday I took a look at the GOP’s chances in Oregon’s 1st Congressional District in an open seat race, in response to the news that Rep. David Wu, Democrat and supremely creepy fellow, would not seek reelection.

It appears we’ll have another special House election sometime in the coming months, as Wu is resigning Congress.

It remains a pretty heavily Democratic district (probably D+6 under the new lines), and a likely Democrat nominee, state labor commissioner Brad Avakian, has a headstart in that he was already planning a primary challenge to Wu. But it is easier to pull off an upset in a low-turnout special election (ask Charles Djou or Joseph Cao) and the Republican challenger can rightfully ask how many local Democrats turned a blind eye to Wu’s odd and disturbing behavior in recent years.

Tags: David Wu


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