At the local level, there were a few surprises. Portland’s arts tax, which had polled poorly, passed by a large margin. And incumbent city commissioner Amanda Fritz took 58 percent of the vote to hold onto her seat, despite being neck and neck with her challenger Mary Nolan in the primary. Republicans in Clackamas County had a good night, celebrating victories by two conservative candidates for the county commission.
While Oregonians weren’t voting on the issue, advocates for gay marriage were watching other states closely. Washington’s Referendum 74 is still too close to call, but voters in Maine and Maryland became the first states to make same-sex marriage legal by popular vote.
What surprised you on election night? We’ll parse the local and national races.