Oregon primary election: Progressive women win big, Republican races remain tight

Ballots will be arriving for several days by mail and, this time, the will be counted under a new Oregon law. They had to be postmarked by Tuesday, May 17, to count. (Ron Cooper/Oregon Capital Chronicle)

Progressive women won big in Oregon’s Democratic primaries Tuesday, while contested Republican races remained close with many ballots left to count. 

Former House Speaker Tina Kotek won the Democratic primary for governor. Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle, state Rep. Andrea Salinas and attorney Jamie McLeod-Skinner are winning their congressional primaries. McLeod-Skinner was on her way to defeating an incumbent Congressman, a rare feat in Oregon politics.

And Portland civil rights attorney Christina Stephenson is leading the nonpartisan race for commissioner of the state Bureau of Labor and Industries. If she remains above 50%, she’ll win outright . . .