POLK COUNTY -- Bucking a national trend, incumbents representing Polk County fared well in their bids for re-election to the Oregon Senate, Oregon House and Congress during the Nov. 2 vote-by-mail general election.
In the Oregon Senate, Republican Jackie Winters of Salem maintained her stronghold on the District 10 seat, which represents the Monmouth, Independence and West Salem areas. Winters received 67 percent of the Polk County vote and more than 68 percent of the district vote to top Democratic challenger Jackie Pierce of West Salem.
In the Oregon House, Republicans Vicki Berger (District 20), Jim Thompson (District 23) and Jim Weidner (District 24) all won re-election by convincing margins. Democrat Jean Cowan won re-election in District 10, topping Republican Becky Lemler, who held a narrow 212-202 advantage in Polk County but garnered only 41 percent of the overall district vote.
Democrat Kurt Schrader of Canby held off a spirited challenge from Republican Scott Bruun to win re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, 5th Congressional District.
Bruun topped Schrader in Polk County, 49.81 percent to 47.27 percent, but Schrader won the overall district vote, which includes all or part of Polk, Benton, Lincoln, Tillamook, Marion, Clackamas and Multnomah counties, receiving about 51 percent support.
Ron Wyden was one of the Democrats that held his seat in the U.S. Senate, defeating Republican challenger Jim Huffman and several small-party candidates with just over 57 percent of the vote.