All five Oregon Congressmen are re-electedDemocrat David Wu retained his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday, as voters swept him into office for a third term by a wide margin.

"I thank Oregonians for re-electing me to Congress," Wu said in a statement, "and I will continue to work hard to improve public education and access to higher education."

Unofficial results from Oregon's 1st Congressional District show Wu with 106,522 votes, Republican Jim Greenfield with 58,797 votes and Libertarian Beth King with 5,496 votes. The district includes Clatsop, Columbia, Washington and Yamhill counties and part of Multnomah County.

In Clatsop County, Wu received 8,182 votes - or about 65.9 percent of votes cast; Greenfield received 3,241; and King received 423.

Incumbent representatives held their seats throughout Oregon. In the 2nd Congressional District, Republican Greg Walden had 72 percent of votes; Democrat Earl Blumenauer will return to Washington, D.C., representing the 3rd District; Democrat Peter DeFazio had 63 percent of votes in the 4th District; and Democrat Darlene Hooley was leading in the 5th District.

During the campaign, Wu, who serves on the House Education and Science committees, said he supported measures that improve the quality of education and make college more affordable.

Also, he said the federal government needs to provide financial assistance to bail out the groundfish industry. In September, he requested $25 million from a House appropriations subcommittee for boat buyback programs and initiatives to purchase groundfishing permits from fishermen.

Wu voted against the Bush administration's resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq.

Wu has won high marks from environmentalists, earning a 100 percent rating for his voting record in the 107th Congress from the League of Conservation Voters. He was the only member of the Oregon delegation to have a perfect score.

Greenfield, a radio talk show host, all but withdrew from the race Oct. 10, when he announced on the air that he had suspended his campaign. He still managed to get about 34 percent of votes cast in a narrowly divided district with 36.7 percent of voters registered as Republicans and 38.1 percent as Democrats.

King, who ran against Wu in 2000, had little presence in the race.


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