Last Night’s Other Election

Commenter Berttheclock already beaten me to the punch, but yes, there was another election yesterday that unlike the Florida Republican presidential primary, actually resulted in the immediate election of someone to an office: the special election in Oregon’s 1st congressional district (in NW OR) to replace Rep. David Wu, who resigned in August after a sex scandal.

In good news for Democrats, who were a bit nervous about this special election, former state legislator Suzanne Bonamici defeated Republican business owner Bob Cornilles by a comfortable, higher-than-expected 15-point margin. In fact, the margin was large enough that Cornilles may not bother to try a comeback in November.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.