May 26, 2020
From the nation's leading source on all things women and politics.

Results from the Oregon Primaries  
Final votes were counted last week in Oregon's congressional primary. Among the most notable results for women:
  • Both incumbent women running in Oregon's congressional and statewide executive primaries - U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D, OR-01) and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum (D) - will be on the ballot this fall and are favored to win re-election.  
  • Republican women won nominations for the U.S. Senate and 2 of 5 U.S. House districts in Oregon; Jo Rae Perkins won the GOP primary to challenge Senator Jeff Merkley, Joanna Harbour won the GOP primary in Oregon's 3rd congressional district, and Amy Courser won the GOP primary in the state's 5th district. They will challenge incumbents who are favored to win re-election in each of these contests in the fall.
  • In the open seat contest for Secretary of State, current State Senator Kim Thatcher secured the Republican nomination and current State Senator Shemia Fagan is competing in a Democratic primary that remains too close to call. Current Secretary of State Bev Clarno (R) is not running for re-election.
Full context about women in the 2020 elections, including candidate lists, summaries, results from previous primaries, and historical comparisons, are available via the  CAWP's Election Watch . Read more about last week's results on our Election Analysis page .
Upcoming Primaries
Over the next two weeks, congressional and state primaries will be held in 12 states, with 147 women on the ballot across the two primary dates. Stay tuned to @CAWP_RU on Twitter for election night results and analysis, and for complete results for women candidates in the primaries, bookmark our Election Analysis page.

This concentration of primary contests provides an opportunity to evaluate gender and partisan trends at play not only in these contests, but throughout the 2020 election cycle. Get a preview of what we're watching from CAWP Scholar Kelly Dittmar on our Election Analysis blog.
Memorial for Ruth B. Mandel
Last week, a memorial for Ruth B. Mandel, our founding co-director and the long-time director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics, was held via video conference. The memorial was filled with loving remembrances from Ruth's life and work from her daughter Maud S. Mandel, CAWP Director Debbie Walsh, Eagleton Director John Farmer, and many students, colleagues, faculty, and political practitioners whose lives were enriched through their relationship with Ruth. The event also featured tributes from luminaries of the world of women and politics, a world whose rise Ruth both predicted and championed, including former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman, former Senator Mary Landrieu, former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, political strategist Donna Brazile, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The full memorial will be available shortly on the YouTube page of the Eagleton Institute of Politics.

The Shortlist
With summer on the way and the Biden VP selection looming, and with some potential picks revealing that they're being vetted, news organizations have started handicapping the veepstakes. At The Washington Post , Karen Tumulty and her fellow columnists have formed a "Ranking Committee" to create an evolving ranking system of potential VP picks (Kamala Harris currently leads). Stacey Abrams is at the top of Slate 's list of candidates, though they, like the Post, note that her lack of executive experience hurts her standing at a moment of crisis, particularly because Biden would be the oldest person to ascend to the presidency in history if he were to win. If you're looking for a good digest of veepstakes news, check out this run-down from Adam Edelman at NBC .

If you're looking for a more data-driven take on the VP selection process, check out this analysis from our own Claire Gothreau, in which she analyzes poll data on the potential contenders to determine what slices of the electorate they may bring to the Biden campaign.
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