Last night's election results left Portlanders with little clarity about the future of City Hall.
As of midnight Tuesday, the city's two most competitive city commissioner races remained far too close to call, and Mayor Ted Wheeler was barely passing the 50 percent threshold of votes to keep him from entering a runoff against opponent Sarah Iannarone. The only definitive result: Carmen Rubio will be Portland's first Latinx city commissioner, filling the seat long-held by retiring Commissioner Amanda Fritz.
Now, following a noon update from the Multnomah County Elections Office, we have a few more answers. According to county elections spokesperson Eric Sample, the office has now counted 1,305,638 ballots and has around 15,000 remaining. Here's where the numbers stand:
Mayor Ted Wheeler's share of the mayoral race votes have dropped to 49.86 percent, a number that—if it holds—guarantees a November 3 runoff election against competitor Sarah Iannarone, who's following Wheeler at 23.62 percent of the vote. Wheeler's total portion of the race's votes has continued to drop since the first results were announced Tuesday night, which placed him at 52 percent.
The new data makes it seem more likely that Commissioner Chloe Eudaly will face a runoff with former city staffer Mingus Mapps in the fall. Eudaly holds 31.07 percent of the votes for City Commissioner, Position 4, with Mapps at 28.68 percent—and former mayor Sam Adams at 27.78 percent.
The race that drew the largest number of candidates—City Commissioner, Position 2—remains tight, with former Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith in the lead with 18.78 percent and nonprofit leaders Dan Ryan and Tera Hurst at 16.71 percent and 14.65 percent, respectively. This ranking has held since the first results came in Tuesday night, suggesting that Smith and Ryan will head to the August 11 runoff to complete former Commissioner Nick Fish's term.
At the regional level, former state legislator Mary Nolan has a strong lead in the race for Metro Councilor District 5, and it appears she'll be challenged by transportation advocate Chris Smith in November. Q Center Director Cameron Whitten, who came in at third place, conceded on Twitter this afternoon.
At the state level, Senators Mark Hass and Shemia Fagan remain neck-and-neck in the Democratic Secretary of State race, with Hass at 35.96 percent and Fagan at 35.55 percent. As this is a statewide partisan race, there is no chance of a runoff between the two. Whoever collects the most votes this election wins the primary, placing them in a race against Republican Kim Thatcher in November.
Multnomah County Elections is scheduled to give another update at 6 pm. Stay tuned.