ORLA Update – November 16, 2022
Election Recap: Many Close Races, Some Still Too Close to Call
[Numbers updated 11/6/22 from original post on 11/14/22]
Voter turnout in Oregon for midterm general elections is typically around 70%. The results below were pulled from the Secretary of State’s site as of 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, November 15, 2022, and reflect a 62% turnout.
This is the first Oregon Election where ballots did not have to be received by 8:00 pm on election day, but did need to be postmarked by election day. So, there is no historical perspective if this might benefit one party over the other.
On the Federal side, Oregon gained an additional Congressional seat. Although that race, the 6th Congressional, is still too close to call, it looks like the Republicans in Oregon will gain at least one seat in Congress, the redrawn 5th Congressional District.
In the Governor’s race, Christine Drazan has conceded the race to Tina Kotek. Betsy Johnson conceded on Election Day after the initial returns.
It appears most of the Senate races are known at this time. The Democrats held a 18-12 super majority which at this point seems to be reduced to at least 17-13, with the only race still up for grabs being the Oregon City-Gladstone seat held by Republican Bill Kennemer. Kennemer and challenger Mark Meek (D) are locked in a tight race with Meek leading by 0.68% or just 397 votes. This seat is in Clackamas County so there should be a fair number of votes still to count.
The House has more races where it is too soon to call. The Democrats currently hold a 37-23 super majority. Democrats appear to have enough seats to retain control with 32 races that seem to be settled. The Republicans should win 23 seats for sure. That leaves five seats up for grabs and too close to call still. Democrats would have to win four of the five to hold the super majority in the House.
M111 (Health Care as Right):
M112 (Slavery Language in Constitution):
M113 (Legislative Absences):
M114 (Gun Sales):
Current balance is 18 D, 11 R, 1 I. If those currently leading below hold, balance would be at 17 D, 12 R, 1 I. It appears to be down to one competitive race – SD20.
SD11 (open seat):
SD13 (open seat):
SD16 (open seat):
SD26 (open seat):
Current balance is 37 D, 23 R. If those currently leading below hold, balance would be at 35 D, 25 R. There are several very tight races left.
Pretty Wide Margins...
HD12 (open seat):
HD19 (open seat):
HD21 (open seat):
HD22 (open seat):
HD24 (open seat):
HD31 (open seat):
A Little Closer...
HD32 (open seat):
HD40 (open seat):
HD48 (open seat):
HD52 (open seat):
HD53 (open seat):
Other State House Races of Note
These races include restaurant operators running for public office (McEntee, Nguyen, Bynum).
HD38: (open seat)
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