Eight Democrats filed to run in the Nov. 8 primary, including Avakian, state Rep. Brad Witt and state Sen. Suzanne Bonamici. Five Republicans, including Cornilles, who lost to Wu by 13 points last year, will vie for the GOP nomination, followed by a nearly three-month general election campaign.
The Cornilles campaign wants to make a connection between the New York and Oregon specials and did so in a Wednesday fundraising email. The solicitation noted that both districts lean Democratic and were vacated “after the incumbent was forced to resign under a cloud of controversy.”
“YOU can make it happen here, too, in the Special Election to replace U.S. Representative David Wu ... but I need your help!” Cornilles wrote.
The head of the state Democratic Party remained confident.
“We’re continuing down the same strategy and not going to change on our end at all,” said Trent Lutz, executive director of the Oregon Democratic Party. “We really see Oregon as a very different place from New York or anywhere else.”