Oregon Special Election
6:22 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Bonamici Claims Oregon Congressional Seat In Special Election Victory

PORTLAND – Oregon has a new representative in Congress. Democrat Suzanne Bonamici beat Republican Rob Cornilles Tuesday night for the right to fill the seat vacated by Democrat David Wu, who resigned last summer. Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

Democrats fought hard to hold onto the seat in Oregon's First Congressional District. After winning the Democratic primary in November, Bonamici quit her seat in the Oregon state Senate to concentrate on the race. In the end, she won by a comfortable margin over sports marketer Rob Cornilles. Bonamici addressed supporters at an election night rally in Portland.

"I'm excited to begin, grateful for your continued support, and humbled by this awesome responsibility that the people of northwest Oregon have placed in me with their vote this evening," Bonamici told the crowd.

Bonamici won't have long to savor her victory. In order to claim the seat for a full term she'll need to win the Democratic primary in May and the general election in November. For Cornilles, it's the second time in a row he's come up short in this Congressional district. He said he hasn't made up his mind yet whether to run for the seat for a third time.

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