Democrat Suzanne Bonamici and Republican Rob Cornilles won their primary elections in Oregon's 1st Congressional District.
They will face off in the Jan. 31 special election to fill the seat vacated by David Wu.
Partial returns showed Cornilles, a Tualatin businessman winning more than 70 percent of the vote while Bonamici, a state senator from Beaverton, was winning about two-thirds in her primary. Both were quick to insist that they have the qualities that will appeal to recession-weary voters.
Cornilles vowed to be an "independent voice" who represents a fresh break from current office-holders -- including Bonamici. "I have a background I don't think Congress possesses enough of," he said, referring to his entrepreneurial experience owning a sports marketing company.
Bonamici said she has been "fighting for fairness and opportunity my entire career" as a consumer protection attorney, school advocate and state legislator. "Talk is cheap," Bonamici said of Cornilles. "I have a record of getting things done."
Read more at OregonLive.com.