Mike Erickson, Republican candidate Oregon's new 6th Congressional District, talked with KOIN anchor Ken Boddie during a segment airing Sunday, 21 August. Boddie opened his Eye on Northwest Politics segment by referring to recent poll results that have Erickson leading his Democrat opponent by eight points, 47%-39%. !3% remain undecided.
While those results are, in and of themselves, good news, what is even better is the trend line. At a Meet and Greet event held the following evening in Tigard, Erickson pointed out that two weeks ago the margin separating him and Oregon Democrat Rep. Andrea Salinas was about six points. In June, soon after the May election, the spread was a mere two points.
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has taken notice, too. Upon his strong showing in May, in which he won four of the five counties that are contained in the district by wide margins, the NRCC placed CD 6 "On the Radar", naming it one of the races to watch. Within a month, Erickson was named a "Young Gun" and the contest was promoted to "Tier One". Lori Chavez-DeRemer, in CD 5, and Alek Skarlatos, in CD 4, are also listed as Young Guns and the CD 5 contest has been named to Tier One. This is the first time Oregon has received this kind of attention from a national Republican campaign committee.
In addition to channeling money to their campaigns, Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy is coming to Oregon on behalf of the three candidates. He will be the special guest at a $500/person fundraiser in Lake Oswego Wednesday evening, 24 August. Contact the Erickson campaign for location and time for the event.
Watch the entire interview at KOIN.com