Conventional wisdom seems pretty much to be holding in the early returns around Oregon. For governor it’ll be Democrat John Kitzhaber (who won very big) against Republican Chris Dudley (who won over Allen Alley, but much more narrowly). For Senate, incumbent Democrat Ron Wyden (who had only sliver opposition in the primary) against Republican Jim Huffman (a 41% – at present – plurality win, decisive but far from overwhelming – some of his backers may be surprised the number isn’t larger).
Of note: In the last results we saw, Bill Sizemore, he of the legal troubles but also a solidly conservative philosophical view, was flirting with about 10% of the vote – more than the conventional wisdom expected. There may be some significance in this; we get into that later.
A close race: Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo holds a small lead over challenger (and Republican legislator) Ron Maurer. We suggested here that this nonpartisan race was a missed opportunity for Republicans, a potential win with enough resources and visibility; the numbers seem to be bearing that out.
To the Republican chart, with numbers as they were at about 45 minutes past closing time:
|US House OR 1||Cornilles||39%||Kuzmanich
|US House OR 5||Bruun||64%||Thompson||36%|
|US House ID 1||Ward||%||Labrador||%|
|US House ID 2||Simpson||%||Heileman
|OR House 58||Jenson*||53%||Mathisen*||47%|
|OR House 57||Smith*||62%||MacLeod*||38%|
|OR House 17||Sprenger*||68%||Cuff*||32%|
|OR Senate 19||Griffith*||49%||Kremer*||51%|
Early take: The insurgency seems to be falling short.