REDMOND, Ore. (AP) — One of America’s largest congressional districts voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in 2016. Yet an Oregon Democrat campaigning against a long-term Republican incumbent doesn’t see it as hostile territory.
Candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner has been buoyed by electoral wins by a couple of Democrats elsewhere in Trump territory. She’s undaunted as she travels in her Jeep throughout the vast district that’s the size of North Dakota.
McLeod-Skinner says she doesn’t think the incumbent is focused on the district’s issues.
The Democratic Party hopes a “blue wave” in November will give them a majority in Congress.
Republican Rep. Greg Walden is seeking an 11th term in the U.S. House. He has a war chest over $4 million, 15 times bigger than McLeod-Skinner’s.