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A left-leaning challenger takes down a moderate Democratic congressman in Oregon.

The leading super PAC for House Republicans announced last month that it would spend $3.3 million to pick up the seat. “Democrats ate their own food and now a standout Republican candidate will be pitted against an overly liberal activist in Jamie McLeod-Skinner,” Dan Conston, chairman of the Congressional Leadership Fund PAC, said in a statement Friday.

Ms. McLeod-Skinner’s supporters argued in the primary that she had a better chance of boosting Democratic voters, a vital force in a year when many party strategists believe Republicans are more enthusiastic than Democrats about their turnout.

Mrs. McLeod-Skinner had the support of some left-wing organizations, including the Working Families Party, and her primary victory, despite a financial loss, will be seen as evidence of progressive energy after several notable setbacks to that wing of the party in 2021 and a mixed record this year.

She also received significant support from several provincial Democratic Party organizations in Oregon that would do so normally expected to support the seated person or to remain neutral. Leaders of some of those parties had insisted the House of Democrats’ campaign arm, which supported Mr. Schrader, to stay out of the primary.

Johanna Warshaw, a spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, noted that the organization’s “core mission is to re-elect Democratic members.”

mr. Schrader, who was helped by significant outside expenditure, argued that he had a long track record of delivering for the district. As the founder of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, he emphasized his ability to build consensus and his focus on issues such as infrastructure, jobs and lowering healthcare costs.

“He has been a partner of the Biden administration,” Deb Barnes, Mr Schrader’s spokeswoman, said in a statement ahead of election day.

While the race took on national significance, given Mr. Schrader’s seniority, it was also shaped by hyper-local issues, including a debate between the two candidates over the appropriate method for make hay, reflecting the rural parts of the district. “I shook your hand, you have very soft hands,” Mrs. McLeod-Skinner quipped to Mr. Schrader, referring to a photo of him handling hay without gloves. “Don’t make hay with your bare hands.”

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