DeFazio holds off Robinson to win re-election

DeFazio holds off Robinson to win re-election

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio has won re-election to the 4th District House seat he's held since 1986, holding off a challenge from political upstart Art Robinson.

DeFazio initially had been expected to take an easy victory, but Robinson made a late surge in the district, which includes parts of western and southwestern Oregon.

DeFazio has blamed the viability of Robinson's campaign on a New York hedge fund executive, Robert Mercer, who contributed at least $178,000 to Robinson's campaign. DeFazio says Mercer opposes his attempts to institute Wall Street reforms.

The money allowed the Republican challenger to run radio and television commercials against DeFazio late in the campaign.
     
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