This morning, according to the Oregonian, Democrat Jeff Merkley has opened up a lead on the incumbent
, Republican Gordon Smith, with thousands of votes yet to be counted in the liberal bastion of Multnomah County (think Portland).
Jeff Merkley opened up a slim lead early today in the U.S. Senate race and appeared poised to oust two-term Republican Sen. Gordon Smith, part of a decisive Democratic sweep in Oregon.
Incomplete returns showed the Portland Democrat leading Smith 48 percent to 47 percent. Constitution Party candidate David Brownlow was getting 5 percent.
So as it stands this morning, things are looking good for Jeff Merkley, and while it will remain a close race, expect Merkley to expand his lead on Smith as more votes come in from Multnomah County.