Wyden to face law professor in Oregon Senate race

PORTLAND — Democratic U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon easily won his party's nomination Tuesday to run for a third full term, setting up a contest with a Republican law professor making his first run for public office.

Two other Democratic incumbents — Congressmen David Wu and Earl Blumenauer — also won their bids to seek re-election, Wu with 79 percent of the vote and Blumenauer with 87 percent.

The three were among the members of the Oregon congressional delegation expected to win handily in primaries, unlike incumbents in other states in jeopardy in a tumultuous midterm election season.

With 71 percent of the vote counted, Wyden had 90 percent. His nearest competitor was Loren Hooker with 7 percent.

Huffman, a professor at Lewis & Clark College, had the backing of Republican party leaders. He had 41 percent of the vote. Loren Later was next closest among six candidates with 15 percent.

In other House races, Republican Art Robinson of Cave Junction won the nomination in southwest Oregon to run against Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio, who was unopposed. Republican Scott Bruun will face Democratic incumbent Kurt Schrader.

The test of tea party strength in Oregon could come in the Republican primary in Wu's district in northwest Oregon.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has touted Rob Cornilles, who runs a consulting company that helps pro sports teams with ticket sales strategy.

He's opposed by two candidates who have tea party allegiance: mortgage broker John Kuzmanich and retired Navy aviator Doug Keller.

Wu is frequently mentioned as a Republican target in a swing district, but he has survived six elections so far.

This year, Oregon politicians think first-term House member Schrader is the likelier Democrat to lose if Republicans make inroads in the state's congressional delegation.

In that district — spanning the Cascade Range through the central Willamette Valley to the coast — state legislator Scott Bruun has drawn party support and has raised much more money than his primary opponent, retired timber company executive Fred Thompson.

The primary election will settle one other Republican contest. That's in DeFazio's southwestern Oregon district where Jaynee Germond of Dillard and Art Robinson of Cave Junction are the Republican candidates.

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