We begin sifting through this evening’s numbers with our first-check among the Oregon races: state House 48 (eastern Multnomah), in which Democratic Representative Mike Schaufler, who has cast some key votes with Republicans and otherwise has irritated a number of other Democrats, lost to challenger Jeff Reardon. To go by the early numbers, it isn’t close – more than 2 to 1.
This wasn’t really unexpected; we’d thought this result more likely than not. One tell may have been the large number of fellow Democratic legislators who backed Reardon; they wouldn’t have done that for a longshot.
A Republican, George Yellott, is also running, but Reardon seems well positioned for the fall. And Democratic caucus leaders may feel a little better.Share on Facebook