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Bonamici wins Oregon special election

SALEM, Ore., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Suzanne Bonamici won a special election in Oregon's 1st Congressional District Tuesday night, keeping the seat in the Democratic fold, election returns showed.

The Oregon secretary of state's Web site showed unofficial results gave Bonamici 54 percent of the vote to 39 percent for Republican businessman Rob Cornilles in the northwestern district.

The (Portland) Oregonian reported Bonamici, a former state lawmaker who becomes the only woman in the state's seven-member congressional delegation, will have to run in a primary again in May to reach the regular general election for a full term this fall.

Her campaign expects her to be sworn into office next week, the newspaper said.

Bonamici replaces David Wu, who resigned in August after revelations he was accused of making an unwanted sexual advance to a teenage daughter of a friend.

Cornilles, who lost to Wu in 2010, did not say whether he would make another run at the office.

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