Oregon Conservatives don’t have a whole lot of success. It’s a blue state and the Democrats don’t intend to lose ground. Similar to Maryland, Republican faces keep reoccurring despite losing previous races. However, there is no shortage of decent Conservatives in this state. The disappointment is that the states only Republican Congressman might as well be a Democrat. But the Conservative presence in the state isn’t weak, it is merely unsuccessful. This primary has a good chance of at least nominating Conservatives to run as Republicans which is better than most states thus far this season.
Best Pick: Preston Miller
Worst Pick: Greg Walden
Best Race: District 5
Worst Race: District 2
Three Republicans vie for the opportunity to unseat Suzanne Bonamici. First up is George Griffith. Griffith is against big money and makes this abundantly clear. But he also seems as he is opposed to the Citizens United ruling. He is for right to work and fiscal responsibility but lacks a certain conservative flare. He seems like a Bernie supporter turned Trump. Preston Miller is a decorated veteran. His platform is doing the opposite of Bonamici with an additional goal to end surveillance abuse by the FBI, CIA, and NSA. Miller is strong on immigration and specifically sanctuary cities. John Veerbeek is filed to run but isn’t a serious candidate. Though he may have a name recognition advantage.
Conservative Pick: Preston Miller
The only Republican Oregon sends to DC really sucks. Greg Walden is a RINO with an abysmal Liberty Score. He is being opposed by Randy Pollock and Paul Romero. Pollock has little online presence. Paul Romero seems like a decent pick. He will defend the 2nd Amendment and Social security. His platform is simple and Conservative. He’s looking for a rematch against Walden.
Conservative Pick: Paul Romero
No Republicans are running.
Five Republicans have entered this race. Court Boice is the first candidate running on a limited issues campaign, forestry laws, a bill which according to him the current Rep. Peter DeFazio voted against. The bill is lost in committee in the Senate, undermining the usefulness of Boice’s campaign. Jo Rae Perkins is no newcomer to running for this seat. She’s a decent Conservative candidate but has never gotten past Art Robinson. Robinson has a vague platform an a proven inability to win this District having lost four times. Michael Polen is a decent Conservative in this race, but its a mystery how he would perform. He is however very pro-life. Lastly the social media favorite, Stefan Strek. He’s young, not extremely articulate, but passionate about issues of homelessness, veterans, and guns. In a debate, Polen railed Boice over being soft on guns. Strek sounds like Edward Norton in American History X but without the racism. Polen is a new face with a greater ability to win.
Conservative Pick: Michael Polen
Mark Callahan is the first contender to unseat Kurt Schrader. He’s a familiar face to running a seemingly impossible campaign such as his Senate run in 2016. Callahan campaigns as fiscally responsible and may have a better chance at a district race than the others. Joey Nations is a newer face. He has a strong Conservative platform on guns, immigration, and corruption. He may also have less political baggage than Callahan. Rob Reynolds is another option who has a more vague platform than the others. He doesn’t come off as a RINO though.
Conservative Pick: Joey Nations
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