Congressman who got 82 percent of the vote in 2008 is now vulnerable to defeat

Just how bad are things for Democrats this year? This bad: According to a new pol, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., is now fighting for his seat. DeFazio represents Oregon’s 4th District, where the big population anchor is Eugene, home of the University of Oregon and possibly the most liberal town in the state. The 12-term incumbent was reelected in 2008 with 82 percent of the vote. But now a  survey by Wilson Research Strategies finds that Republicans lead on the generic ballot by a percentage point in the district and DeFazio’s opponent, Art Robinson, is only down six points.

After over two decades representing the district, DeFazio is quite the fixture in the district — I used to drive by the Peter DeFazio Pedestrian Bridge all the time when I went to school in Eugene. So believe it or not, even though he’s down only six points Robinson’s name recognition could still stand to go up. Only 88 percent of people heard of him and 70% have an opinion of him — compared to 99 and 93 percent, respectively, for DeFazio. Wilson finds that Robinson leads by six among those who have heard of both candidates and leads by four among those that have an opinion of both.

Now bear in mind that Wilson Research Strategies is a GOP firm, and DeFazio has to remain the clear favorite. But who knows? A big cash influx to Robinson’s campaign and some ads raising his profile could quite possibly swing the race in his favor.

Beltway ConfidentialCongresselection 2010US

Just Posted

A large crack winds its way up a sidewalk along China Basin Street in Mission Bay on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
San Francisco’s sinking sidewalks: Is climate change to blame?

‘In the last couple months, it’s been a noticeable change’

For years, Facebook employees have identified serious harms and proposed potential fixes. CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg have rejected the remedies, causing whisteblowers to multiple. (Eric Thayer/The New York Times)
Facebook’s problems at the top: Social media giant is not listening to whistleblowers

Whistleblowers multiply, but Zuckerberg and Sandberg don’t heed their warnings

Maria Jimenez swabs her 7-year-old daughter Glendy Perez for a COVID-19 test at Canal Alliance in San Rafael on Sept. 25. (Penni Gladstone/CalMatters)
Rapid COVID-19 tests in short supply in California

‘The U.S. gets a D- when it comes to testing’

Niners quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo led a late-game comeback against the Packers, but San Francisco lost, 30-28, on a late field goal. (Courtesy of San Francisco 49ers)
The Packers beat the Niners in a heartbreaker: Don’t panic

San Francisco is no better and no worse than you thought they were.

A new ruling will thwart the growth of solar installation companies like Luminalt, which was founded in an Outer Sunset garage and is majority woman owned. (Philip Cheung, New York Times)
A threat to California’s solar future and diverse employment pathways

A new ruling creates barriers to entering the clean energy workforce

Most Read