Biden-backed Oregon incumbent Kurt Schrader loses primary to Elizabeth Warren-backed progressive

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Candidate supported by President Biden Oregon Representative Kurt Schrader lost his bid for re-election in the state primary for the 5th congressional district to a progressive candidate backed by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.

The Associated Press called the race for progressive Jamie McLeod-Skinner on Friday, who won the primary in a vote count that was delayed due to ballot issues. The primary election took place on May 17.

President Biden endorsed Schrader in late April, saying the two don’t always agree, but he helped push his agenda into law.

“We don’t always agree, but when it mattered most, Kurt was there for me,” Biden said in a statement released by the Schrader campaign. “And in doing so, he’s helped push a lot of my agenda into law, which has made a huge difference in the lives of the Oregonians he represents and all of America.”

BIDEN SUPPORTS REP. FROM OREGON. KURT SCHRADER IN FIRST MID-TERM APPROVAL

Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., speaks during a press conference in Washington, July 24, 2019. President Joe Biden endorses incumbent Schrader ahead of the Oregon primary election.  Schrader is a moderate who has not always supported Biden's entire agenda.
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Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., speaks during a press conference in Washington, July 24, 2019. President Joe Biden endorses incumbent Schrader ahead of the Oregon primary election. Schrader is a moderate who has not always supported Biden’s entire agenda.
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“Now we have a lot more to do, and to get there we have to keep a Democratic Congress,” Biden added.

McLeod-Skinner criticized Biden for his endorsement of Schrader, saying the congressman “voted against Oregonians.”

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“I respect Biden’s work to fight Covid-19 and rebuild our economy, but I have to disagree with the President here,” McLeod-Skinner tweeted on April 23. against the Oregonians. We need a leader in Congress who will finally fight for us.

Schrader was one of the few US House Democrats who voted against the House version of the $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill, but later voted in favor of the version of the Senate. He initially voted against the House version because there was “no legislative process”, according to an interview with KGW.

“We were presented with a $1.9 trillion bill, not allowed or encouraged to propose amendments,” Schrader said. “The voice of elected representatives was not heard at all in this package. It was a take it or leave it approach. All of the other COVID packages we have done have not only been bipartisan, but have been subject to of a thorough verification process.

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He also disagreed with a minimum wage increase that was in the bill.

The Associated Press and Louis Casiano of Fox News contributed to this report.

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