Today is National Try Not to Be Smug Day, but it's a little hard when we've got the first openly gay female senator, support for same-sex marriage, and Obama all of a sudden saying things about "a warming planet." Anyway, we all know the outcome of the presidential election and the mayor's race, but here's the rundown on the rest of the campaigns in Oregon.
First of all, 81 percent of the state voted, but
Multnomah County had the second-lowest turnout in the state: 53 percent now the updated results show that 80 percent of Multnomah County voted! Woo! The state went 53 percent for Obama and 7.7 percent of people wrote in a mayor in the Portland election—that's 14,660 people who didn't want to vote for Charlie Hales or Jefferson Smith.
Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown was reelected with 50.7 percent to 44 percent over Republican challenger Knute Buehler in a tough race and Democrats also kept their positions as State Treasurer (Ted Wheeler), Attorney General (Ellen Rosenblum), and Labor Commissioner (Brad Avakian).
Democrats are expected to take a majority in the Oregon House (which was evenly split last session) and maintain their majority in the Senate.
So State Republican Party chair Allen Alley's prediction at the Republican election shindig last night that Oregon would be the "first red state on the West Coast": Not so accurate.
As for measures, the real estate transfer tax ban passed and the estate tax ban failed. No surprise, but the gillnetting ban and pro-casino measure also failed. Marijuana legalization Measure 80 failed by a surprisingly slim margin—nine percent—seeing as there wasn't a real, professional campaign staged for the plan.
Locally, Amanda Fritz won the city council seat race by a surprisingly wide margin—18 percent.
The local school bond passed, as did the arts tax. The tweaks to the police and firefighter pension systems also won.
Vancouver voted rejected a light-rail funding measure, which leaves Columbia River Crossing funding in question.