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Sun May 21, 2017, 05:53 PM

Who's Running Against U.S. Rep. Greg Walden

The Democratic challengers are lining up to take on the architect of Trumpcare.

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U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) has long enjoyed a safe seat in Oregon's 2nd Congressional District, which encompasses most of rural Oregon and stretches from the state's northeast corner to its southwest corner.

But the 10-term incumbent's work on President Donald Trump's health care proposal has opened the door to a challenge. In recent elections, Democrats have struggled to get 30 percent of the vote in a red district where Republicans outnumber Democrats 36 to 27 percent, or by about 45,000 voters. The opportunity: Non-affiliated voters and minor-party members compose a third of the district's electorate, and more constituents in Walden's district—129,000—gained new Medicaid coverage under Obamacare than in any other Republican-led district in the country.

Here are four Democrats lining up to challenge Walden next year.

Read more: http://www.wweek.com/news/2017/05/17/whos-running-against-rep-greg-walden/

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Sun May 21, 2017, 06:47 PM

1. Against Walden? Someone wasting their time

Oregon is gerrymandered to give Democrats a clear advantage in four out of five House districts. The price for doing so is one red district that's essentially uncrackable. It's deceptive to say that "Republicans outnumber Democrats 36 to 27 percent, or by about 45,000 voters" when the reality is that the district is pretty reliably 2-1 red.

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