Mike Erickson advances past crowded GOP primary to face Dem who narrowly won in 2022

Mike Erickson was declared the winner in a crowded GOP primary election in Oregon’s 6th Congressional District Tuesday night and will face off against Democratic Rep. Andrea Salinas in November.

The Associated Press called the race for Erickson in a district that includes Polk and Yamhill counties and parts of Marion, Clackamas and Washington counties.

Erickson, a Tigard businessman who lost to Salinas in 2022, touted his record as a political outsider and told the Statesman Journal his top priorities in Congress would be “securing the southern border, fighting inflation and supporting law enforcement.”

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The businessman beat out Dundee Mayor David Russ, 2022 Republican gubernatorial candidate David Burch and retired contractor Conrad Herold to secure the primary nomination. Russ also lost to Erickson in the state’s 2022 primary.

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Republicans in Congress are looking to keep and add to their slim majority in the House of Representatives.

Cook Political Report ranks the November race in the 6th Congressional District as “lean Democrat.”

Salinas, who defeated Erickson in 2022 by less than three points, won against primary challenger Cody Reynolds on Tuesday.

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