After a landslide re-election win in 2008, Congressman David Wu (D-Ore.) says he is facing a tough race this fall to keep his seat in the House. If it is any indication, Obama’s approval ratings are not great: 50 percent of voters in Oregon’s 1st District approve and 46 percent disapprove of the president’s performance.
Wu said his supporters think he will always win because he received 71 percent of the vote during the 2008 election. “But there is not an always in politics,” said Wu, speaking with media Wednesday at the Democratic Party national headquarters. In 2008 Wu faced no Republican challenger, only minor party candidates.
The last serious challenge to his seat was in 2004 when Wu defeated Republican Goli Ameri 58 to 38 percent.
According to a telephone survey conducted for Wu’s challenger, Rob Cornilles, Cornilles trails Wu 40-46 percent. The margin of error in the poll was 6 percent, according to conservative website OregonCatalyst.com.
In Wu’s district 44 percent think he deserves re-election, and 43 percent want someone new. Wu’s challenger Rob Cornilles is a local businessman and sports consultant who has so far raised $600,000 for the race. Incumbent David Wu has raised more than $970,000 according to opensecrets.org.
Wu will travel to New York and California to reach out to Chinese-Americans for support and will return to Oregon to meet with his constituents during the August recess.