Oregon Republican Cliff Bentz won the GOP primary in the state’s 2nd Congressional District, securing a spot in the general election to replace retiring Rep. Greg WaldenGregory (Greg) Paul WaldenHillicon Valley: Commerce announces new Huawei restrictions | Russian meddling report round five | Google’s ad business in spotlightGOP Rep. Pete King to buck party, vote for Democrats’ coronavirus relief billHillicon Valley: House Dems include .6 billion for mail-in voting in stimulus bill | Uber in discussions to acquire GrubHub | Trump backs effort to reopen California Tesla plant MORE (R).
Bentz, a former state senator, won the race with roughly 34 percent of the vote with 70 percent of precincts reporting. He beat out his nearest competitor, former state representative Knute Buehler, by about 10 points. Buehler lost the 2018 election for governor to Kate Brown (D).
The race for the seat, which Walden won by about 17 points in 2018, has attracted a large amount of outside fundraising, with several GOP hopefuls breaking six figures in fundraising.
Republicans are expected to keep the Eastern Oregon seat, which Walden has comfortably won for several consecutive cycles.