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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

OR-Senate: Merkley Leads Smith

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.


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