Republican voters in Oregon’s vast 2nd Congressional District chose a former state senator to be their candidate to replace Rep. Greg Walden, who didn’t run for a 12th term in the conservative region covering the rural eastern and central part of the state.
Cliff Bentz on Tuesday bested former state legislators Jason Atkinson and Knute Buehler.
Buehler also ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2018 as the GOP nominee.
Bentz will have the advantage in the November election in the predominantly Republican part of the state.
Former Vice President Joe Biden won Oregon’s Democratic presidential primary, outpacing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who both suspended their campaigns earlier in the year.