January 31 – Oregon’s 1st Congressional District
The first federal election of 2012 and Democrats are not taking any chances about holding onto this northern Oregon seat. Held since 1999 by David Wu, the Democratic Congressman resigned last year after increasingly erratic behavior finally culminated in accusations of sexual misconduct towards a teenager.
The district touches the state’s largest city of Portland and the district lines meander up the coast to the Washington border, encompassing Hillsboro and Aloha.
This has been a Democratic seat since the mid 1970s but after a surprise loss in New York City late last year, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has put a lot of money into this race to hold it for the party. Their standard bearer is Suzanne Bonamici, a State Senator from Portland.
In 2010, Republican Rob Cornilles held the incumbent to his lowest winning margin in a decade and is back hoping to win the open seat. A resident of Tualatin, he is a businessman who started a sports marketing firm in the area.