In Oregon’s 4th Congressional District Election, Democrat Val Hoyle Faces Off Against Republican Alec Scarlatos

In Oregon’s 4th Congressional District, Democrat Val Hoyle is running against Republican Alek Skarlatos.

Congressman Peter DeFazio (D), Oregon’s longest-serving representative (he was originally elected in 1986), has stated he will not be seeking re-election this year.

The state’s polls closed at 8 p.m. Since different parts of the state are in different time zones, voting ended at various times.

Candidates Running For Office In Oregon’s 4th Congressional District

Because DeFazio is stepping down from his position as representative of Oregon’s 4th Congressional District, the district will soon have a new representative for the first time in almost four decades.

Hoyle, who is from Springfield, Oregon, is a Democrat and now holds the position of labor commissioner of Oregon. Before she was elected to the position of labor commissioner, she served in the Oregon House of Representatives as a representative for the people living in West Eugene and Junction City.

She was successful in gaining DeFazio’s support in her bid to succeed him in Congress.

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Hoyle’s opponent, Skarlatos, is a former member of the Oregon National Guard who, in 2015, returned from a tour of duty with the United States Army National Guard in Afghanistan after serving there for nine months. He spent a total of five years serving in the National Guard.

Skarlatos’s first two campaigns for public office were both unsuccessful: the first was in 2018 for the position of Douglas County commissioner, and the second was in 2020 when he ran against DeFazio and lost the contest for Oregon’s 4th Congressional District. Both campaigns were unsuccessful. But DeFazio prevailed with a victory margin of only 5 percentage points, making it the closest victory of his whole congressional tenure.

Mike Beilstein, Levi Leatherberry, and Jim Howard are the names of the three further candidates who are running for this office.

Voting History For Oregon 4th Congressional District

The large college cities of Eugene and Corvallis are included in Oregon’s 4th Congressional District, which is located in the southwestern portion of the state and encompasses a vast rural area.

Under the prior configuration of the district’s boundaries in 2020, Joe Biden was projected to win the election by a margin of four percentage points over President Donald Trump. Even while the process of redistricting that takes place once every ten years as a result of the results of the United States Census did not result in particularly dramatic changes to the country’s topography, it was sufficient to make the landscape more favorable to Democrats.

Oregon's 4th Congressional District Election
Oregon’s 4th Congressional District Election

The Race For The Money

As of the 19th of October, OpenSecrets reports that Hoyle has raised a total of $2.2 million, has spent a total of $2 million, and still has a cash balance of $188,000. As of the 19th of October, her rival, Skarlatos, has amassed more than $3.9 million in campaign funds, has spent approximately $3.7 million of those funds, and has only $380,000 left to spend.

As of the 4th of November, over a dozen different super PACs, national party committees, politically active nonprofits, and other non-candidate groups had spent approximately $3.4 million collectively to advocate for or against candidates in this race. This spending took place during both the primary and general election phases of the race.

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The Expert Opinion

The contest between Hoyle and Skarlatos has been given a rating of “lean Democratic” by Inside Elections, “lean Democratic” by The Cook Political Report, and “leans Democratic” by Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics. All three organizations believe that Hoyle will prevail in this race.

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