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Bentz wins nomination to succeed Walden in Congress

Cliff Bentz, Ontario attorney, won the Republican nomination for the 2nd Congressional District on Tuesday, May 19. (Cliff Bentz photo)

Cliff Bentz, an Ontario attorney and former state legislator, on Tuesday won the Republican nomination for the 2nd Congressional District, fighting a thick field of candidates and the upending impact of the global pandemic.

 Results from the Oregon Elections Division showed Bentz took 31% of the vote in the sprawling, heavily Republican district. He is running to take the seat being vacated by the retirement of U.S. Rep. Greg Walden.

He defeated a field of 10 candidates, including Knute Buehler, a Bend doctor who two years ago lost the governor’s race to Kate Brown. He will face Alex Spenser, a poet from Klamath Falls who won the Democratic nomination.

The campaign took . . .