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Our primary takeaways

Here are our takeaways from Tuesday’s elections.

Bynum triumphs in Oregon’s 5th District Democratic primary. State Sen. Janelle Bynum, the DCCC-backed candidate, beat 2022 nominee Jamie McLeod-Skinner in the Democratic primary for Oregon’s 5th District. Bynum’s victory is a big relief for Democratic leaders who had heavily bet that the center-left Bynum was a better candidate to knock off Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer (R-Ore.).

McCarthy’s hand-picked successor is heading to the House. Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy endorsed state legislator Vince Fong to succeed him in the House. Fong won a special election in California’s 20th District on Tuesday and will serve the remainder of McCarthy’s term.

Dexter beats Jayapal in Oregon’s 3rd District Democratic contest. Maxine Dexter defeated progressive Susheela Jayapal in the primary to succeed retiring Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.). Jayapal is the sister of Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.).

Trump’s pick fails to avoid a runoff in Georgia’s 3rd District. Brian Jack, former President Donald Trump’s political director, fell just short of a majority in the Republican primary to succeed retiring Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.). Jack advances to a runoff with Mike Dugan, the former majority leader of the state Senate. Whoever emerges from the runoff is the heavy favorite to win in the general election.

Max Cohen

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