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Final Stretch: Send Suzanne Bonamici to Congress!

HRC in OregonThis post comes from Gregg Moreland, one of HRC Portland’s Political Committee Chairpersons:

Here in Oregon, we are in the final week of a quick, but important, special election to fill the congressional seat that was made open when David Wu resigned his position in July. The election date is January 31. HRC volunteers have been working hard to get out the vote for former State Senator Suzanne Bonamici, who has been a strong ally for the community, voting in favor of pro-equality legislation as a state legislator.

Oregon has a vote by mail system and generally in every election, about half of the voters who are likely to turn in their ballots, won’t do so until those last five days. Since this is an off-cycle, special election, it is expected to be a very low turnout.  Even when the polls show Suzanne Bonamici with a strong lead, if the turnout is low, then it could easily put the race in a dead heat, so we can’t take anything for granted. 

HRC volunteers have been gathering the past two weeks, calling our members and supporters living in the congressional district to encourage them to turn in their ballots. We’re doing one last phone bank this Thursday, January 26 at 6pm to continue our GOTV efforts. We’re meeting at the downtown Portland campaign office, 917 SW Oak St, Suite 303, Portland, Oregon.  

In addition to the phone banks, we’re also working with the campaign to rally some volunteers to join in a big final GOTV canvass from the main campaign headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. We’ll be out knocking doors this Saturday. Contact me at for more information!

Paid for by the Human Rights Campaign and authorized by Bonamici for Congress.
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