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Soros-backed Portland County prosecutor’s crushing defeat to anti-crime candidate sparks online celebration

Journalists and political commentators celebrated the news that voters in Multnomah County, Oregon, which includes Portland, ousted incumbent District Attorney Mike Schmidt and replaced him with a former Republican on Wednesday.

“It’s official: Portland took out Schmidt!” Portland-based journalist Andy Ngo wrote. “(Schmidt), funded by Soros, finally accepted after a last-minute surge of votes failed to help him bridge his gap against centrist challenger Nathan Vasquez. Antifa now has a new target.”

Prosecutor Nathan Vásquez defeated Schmidt, a progressive district attorney who took office amid the George Floyd protests and whose campaign has contributions received from groups linked to liberal billionaire George Soros, by a margin of 55.7% to 43.8%, according to National Review. It’s a big win in one of the most reliable blue regions in the country.

Vasquez plans to stop “outdoor drug trafficking and use while helping connect people to treatment,” he told Fox News Digital in a statement after defeating Schmidt, his former boss.

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Michael Schmidt

Oregon voters replaced Mike Schmidt with a former Republican as district attorney. (Getty Images)

Schmidt reportedly intends to serve out his term until December.

As part of his campaign speech, Vasquez argued that Schmidt forgot to enforce the law and prosecute criminals.

“Before he took office, we ranged from 12,000 to 20,000 cases a year,” Vásquez told Politico in a recent interview. before the elections “Under him, after COVID, we were less than 6,000.”

After Schmidt conceded the election on Wednesday, some local journalists and political commentators celebrated his defeat as a sign that Oregonians want law and order to be restored, especially in Portland.

“A victory for sanity,” wrote TurningPoint USA founder Charlie Kirk.

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Nathan Vasquez and Mike Schmidt

The New York Post editorial board called Schmidt (right) a “soft-on-crime, cop-hating district attorney” in a cruel column published Wednesday. Vasquez is on the left. (Vásquez for DA; Getty Images)

The New York Post editorial board called Schmidt a “soft-on-crime, police-hating district attorney” in a hard-hitting column published Wednesday.

“Vasquez, a centrist and former Republican, won by promising to end public drug use and trafficking in Portland, repair ties with police, and essentially return the district attorney’s office to its true purpose: prosecuting crimes,” he wrote. the editorial board.

Author Xi Van Fleet pointed to former District Attorney Buta Biberaj’s defeat in Virginia as a similar example of voters seemingly rejecting progressive policies.

“Great news!” she wrote. “Last year we fired Soros District Attorney Buta Biberaj in Loudoun County, VA. She refused to prosecute the trans rapist. Instead, she went after the rape victim’s father. We must clean up our system of justice by expelling all the Soros- “I planted DA communist activists.”

Before Vasquez’s victory, journalist and Discovery Institute senior fellow Jonathan Choe shared a photo of an attack ad against Schmidt, labeling Portland a “Schmidt show.”

“But not if Law & Order candidate Nathan Vasquez wins,” Choe wrote. “Schmidt is blamed for all the Antifa madness and the inconsequential culture of allowing rampant crime to flourish in the city.”

Some Oregon residents told Politico in an article about Vasquez before his victory that locals were tired of high crime and drug use.

Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer said Portlanders can no longer tolerate high levels of drug use and crime.

“It’s created a lot of bad mood and people are right to be in a bad mood,” Blumenauer told Politico.

“In a one-party city and state, pragmatic Democrats are facing progressive Democrats,” Republican strategist Dan Lavey told Politico. “I call it therapy versus discipline.”

Schmidt’s office did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.

Fox News’ Hannah Ray Lambert contributed to this report.

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