Thursday, November 06, 2008

Merkley defeats Smith

By Michael J.W. Stickings

The Oregonian is projecting that Democratic challenger Jeff Merkley has beaten Republican incumbent Gordon Smith in Oregon's closely contested Senate race. Smith was ahead on election night, and into yesterday, but late-counted votes from Multnomah (Portland) and Lane (Eugene) counties put Merkley over the top.

It is currently 49 to 46 for Merkley, with 82 percent reporting.

This brings the Democratic total to 57 seats. (For more on the ongoing races in Minnesota, Georgia, and Alaska, see here.)


UPDATE: Smith concedes.

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