In Central Oregon, former Republican House Majority leader Tim Knopp handily defeated incumbent State Senator Chris Telfer in Tuesday's election. Republican primary voters turned out in favor of Knopp by margins of more than 2 to 1.
Knopp describes himself as "Reagan Conservative." And his message to voters was a lot like Reagan’s famous question in the 1980 campaign when he asked "Are you better off than you were 4 years ago?"
Telfer’s District -- Number 27 -- is decidedly Republican -- and Knopp was able to successfully hammer his opponent on an early vote to raise Oregon’s gas tax.
Even though he won by a margin of 2 to 1, he had a 3-to-1 advantage in fundraising. Knopp addressed his supporters at a victory party in Bend.
Knopp said, “My campaign ... our campaign is about joining together to get the big things done, to get the important things done.”
He says he’d like the legislature to pass what he called "real jobs legislation." And called for judges and other state elected officials to remove themselves from the Public Employees Retirement System.
Knopp will face Democrat Geri Houser in the general election.