Our election night show is over and we have yet to know who the next governor of Oregon will be. Republican Chris Dudley and Democrat John Kitzhaber are neck-in-neck with Dudley having only a very slim lead with 49 percent of the votes compared to Kitzhaber’s 48 percent. It is likely that as our show airs in the morning we still will not know who the next leader of our state will be.
We do, however, know that our Congressional representatives — David Wu, Greg Walden, Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio, and Kurt Schrader — will hold on to their seats even amidst some stiff competition. Senator Ron Wyden will also, not surprisingly, be returning to Washington.
We also know that many of the state ballot measures — including annual sessions and minimum sentences — passed, but the controversial measure to approve dispensaries for medical marijuana and the casino measure did not.
In Washington, Republican Jamie Herrera won the 3rd Congressional District, so will join a raft of new Republican House members in D.C. early next year. Washington’sSenate race between Republican Dino Rossi and incumbent Democrat Patty Murray remains, like Oregon’s gubernatorial race, too close to call.
As the morning comes we’ll stay on top of the election news, bring you analysis, and get your reaction to the results.
Did the people, and measures, you voted for win? What was the greatest victory in your mind? What was the greatest loss?
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OPB | Feb. 22, 2017