Results: Democrat Val Hoyle defeats Republican Alek Skarlatos in Oregon's 4th Congressional District election

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Val Hoyle's campaign; Alek Skarlatos' campaign; Insider
  • Democrat Val Hoyle defeated Republican Alek Skarlatos in Oregon's 4th Congressional District.

  • The 4th District covers a sprawling rural swath of the southwest corner of the state.

  • Skarlatos had a financial advantage while Democrats had a substantial voter registration edge.

Democrat Val Hoyle defeated Republican Alek Skarlatos in Oregon's 4th Congressional District.

Democratic incumbent Rep. Peter DeFazio, Oregon's longest-serving congressman first elected in 1986, announced he would not run for re-election, leaving the seat vacant.

Polls closed in the state at 8 p.m. local time. Given the state has multiple time zones, the first polls closed at 10 p.m. EST and the last polls closed at 11 p.m. EST.

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Oregon's 4th Congressional District candidates

With DeFazio vacating his seat, Oregon's 4th Congressional District will see a new face for the first time in nearly four decades.

Hoyle, a Democrat from Springfield, Oregon, currently serves as Oregon's labor commissioner. Before her election as labor commissioner, she represented the residents of West Eugene and Junction City in the Oregon House of Representatives.

She won DeFazio's endorsement to replace him in Congress.

Skarlatos, Hoyle's opponent, is a former Oregon National Guardsman who completed a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan with the US Army National Guard in 2015. He served in the National Guard for five years.

Skarlatos was unsuccessful in his first two attempts for public office: once in 2018 for Douglas County commissioner, then for a second time in 2020 when he ran against and lost to DeFazio in the race for Oregon's 4th Congressional District. But DeFazio won by only 5 percentage points, the narrowest victory of his congressional congressional career.

There are three other candidates on the ballot: Mike Beilstein, Levi Leatherberry, and Jim Howard.

Voting history for Oregon's 4th Congressional District

Oregon's 4th Congressional District covers a sprawling rural swath of the southwest corner of the state and includes the college towns of Eugene and Corvallis.

Joe Biden had a 4 percentage point margin of victory over President Donald Trump under the district's previous boundaries in 2020. While the geographic changes that resulted from the once-in-a-decade redistricting process following the 2020 US Census weren't that dramatic, they were enough to make the territory friendlier for Democrats.

The money race

According to OpenSecrets, Hoyle raised $2.2 million, spent $2 million, and had $188,000 cash on hand, as of October 19. Her opponent, Skarlatos, raised more than $3.9 million, spent almost $3.7 million, and had $380,000 left to spend, as of October 19.

As of November 4, more than a dozen super PACs, national party committees, politically active nonprofits, and other non-candidate groups have together spent about $3.4 million to advocate for or against candidates in this race, including during the race's primary phase.

What experts say

The race between Hoyle and Skarlatos was rated as "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.

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