State Rep. Janelle Bynum, D-Clackamas, left, had a large lead over Jamie McLeod-Skinner in early returns in the Democratic primary for Oregon’s 5th Congressional District. 

Janelle Bynum clinched the nomination for Oregon’s 5th Congressional District in Tuesday primary election, according to early results.

Bynum will face a formidable challenge in November as Democrats fight to take the 5th District back from first-term Republican Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer. The district, which stretches from Bend to Portland, is one of a handful of congressional districts nationwide that could determine which party controls the U.S. House in 2025.

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I have support Jamie in her prior (failed) attempts at elective office. While Deschutes is a strong base, it doesn't reflect the district as a whole. We're a blue island in a purple sea.

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This was a political race about who was the best candidate that can win in November. Nothing more. Ms can beat DeRemer.

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