Observer staff

Incumbent Greg Walden defeated Jamie McLeod-Skinner Tuesday night, but his challenger received more votes than any of his previous opponents.

Fifty-six percent of the Second Congressional District, which is the eight largest district in the country, voted for the congressman, who has held his seat since 1998. He has previously taken at least 70 percent of the votes. McLeod-Skinner received nearly 40 percent.

“I thank the voters of Oregon’s Second District for supporting me to serve as their representative in Congress for another term,” Walden said in a press release sent Tuesday night. “I remain committed to getting results for our veterans, farmers, ranchers, small business people and our way of life in our district.”

In Union and Wallowa counties, Walden received the vast majority of the votes with 67 percent in Union and 66 percent in Wallowa.

McLeod-Skinner has been campaigning for the last 18 months in the district. She held upwards of 35 town halls, according to a press release she sent out Tuesday night.

“Decency, compassion,and empathy are bipartisan,” McLeod-Skinner said. “Our campaign has brought people together around these values to make our communities stronger, healthier, and more inclusive.”

See more in Wednesday's edition of The Observer.