Schrader leading Wright in Democratic race for 5th Congressional District
Lake Oswego resident Peter Wright appears to have lost his longshot bid to oust U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader in the Democratic primary for Oregon's 5th Congressional District, according to early results Tuesday evening.
Returns as of 8 p.m. Tuesday showed Schrader with 86.5 percent of the vote to Wright's 12.7 percent.
The 74-year-old Wright mounted a symbolic challenge that he said was intended to "nudge" Schrader and residents of Oregon's 5th District by proving that the district's voters have an appetite for more liberal policies, particularly on the topic of gun control.
Reached for comment on Tuesday evening, Wright said he was grateful for the opportunity to attend multiple candidate forums and speak to voters during the race, and he said his initial tally of more than 4,600 votes showed that his message resonated with voters in the district.
"(Schrader) is a very good man and I'm glad he's my representative, but I think he needs to get himself to be a little less of a bureaucrat and more of a visionary," Wright said. "I think the Democratic Party as a whole needs that. They're so caught up in the fight, they can't see where they want to take the country."
Schrader has represented Oregon's 5th District since 2009. He will likely face Republican Mark Callahan in the general election in November. Callahan led Joey Nations and Robert Reynolds in the GOP primary with 62.8 percent of the vote, according to the initial results Tuesday evening.
— Anthony Macuk