Republican Rob Cornilles and Democrat Suzanne Bonamici will face off in a race to represent Oregon's First Congressional District this winter. Tuesday's special primary results showed the front-runners cutting through the competition.
Rob Cornilles is clearly aware of the expedited schedule for the special election. In his address to supporters at his Beaverton victory party, he hinted at the need to get his message out quickly.
"I have to have the opportunity to continue to get in front of voters and share with them the difference between a fresh voice, a fresh perspective from someone who's actually created jobs, not only in this state but in this district, versus more of the same," he said.
Cornilles, a businessman who’s never held political office, says he's ready to go to work on economic issues. He called on voters to elect a Republican in the First District, reversing 30 years of Democratic representation.
At a pub in Hillsboro, Democrat Suzanne Bonamici, a state Senator, thanked supporters for their help, and asked them to get ready to keep fighting.
"This election is about an opportunity for voters in this extraordinary part of Oregon to stand up and say, 'Enough.' 'Enough' to divisive rhetoric that seeks to drive a wedge between fellow citizens. 'Enough' to holding our economic future hostage to ideological battles. 'Enough' to saying whatever it takes to get elected," she said.
She promised to stand up for for policies that would bolster middle class jobs, and hold accountable those market actors who, in her words, don't play by the rules.
Both nominees outpaced their primary competitors in fundraising. They received four-figure donations from individuals and political action committees. They’ll face off in a January special election, for the seat vacated by Democratic Congressman David Wu. He resigned after reports about an alleged sexual assault.