Election 2022

Lori Chavez-DeRemer wins Oregon’s 5th Congressional District seat

BY: and - November 13, 2022

Lori Chavez-DeRemer has won Oregon’s 5th Congressional District, becoming the state’s second Republican in Congress and its first Latina. On Sunday, the Associated Press announced that the former mayor of Happy Valley had won the race against Democrat Jamie-McLeod-Skinner, an attorney and regional emergency manager from central Oregon. The call followed a Saturday night drop […]

Republican Christine Drazan concedes the governor’s race to Democrat Tina Kotek

BY: - November 11, 2022

Christine Drazan, who had hoped to become the first Republican governor in Oregon in more than three decades, conceded the governor’s race. In a statement posted on YouTube on Friday, she acknowledged her loss to Democrat Tina Kotek, who declared victory in Portland on Thursday. “I wish her and our state only the best. We […]

Democrat Tina Kotek is Oregon’s next governor

BY: - November 10, 2022

Democrat Tina Kotek, the former speaker of the Oregon House, has fended off Republican Christine Drazan and nonaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson and will be Oregon’s next governor. The Associated Press called the race in Kotek’s favor Thursday evening, after several counties reported of tens of thousands of outstanding ballots. Kotek’s lead over Drazan has continued […]

Democrat Val Hoyle wins in Oregon’s 4th Congressional District

BY: - November 10, 2022

The 4th Congressional District in southwestern Oregon will remain in Democratic hands. The Associated Press on Thursday evening called the race for Val Hoyle, a Democrat and the state labor commissioner. An unknown number of ballots remain to be counted, as Oregon law requires the counting of postmarked ballots that arrive within a week of […]

Democrat Tina Kotek declares victory, pledges to work on homelessness as Oregon governor

BY: - November 10, 2022

UPDATE: The AP called the race for Kotek shortly after 6 p.m. An article about that development is here.  PORTLAND — A beaming Tina Kotek, hand-in-hand with her wife, skipped down a set of concrete steps lined with supporters at Portland’s waterfront Thursday morning to claim victory in the race for Oregon governor.  The Associated […]

Record-setting number of women elected as governors in midterms

BY: - November 10, 2022

WASHINGTON —  The United States’ ceiling for female governors was shattered this week, with voters in 12 states electing women to the role, breaking the prior record of nine set for the first time back in 2004.  While not all of the gubernatorial campaigns have been called as of Thursday afternoon, Arizona and Oregon voters […]

COMMENTARY

You need more than money to win an election in Oregon

BY: - November 10, 2022

Remember those news stories about the massive campaign contributions on behalf of nonaffiliated Oregon governor candidate Betsy Johnson? For months her campaign treasury outpaced all others; she was the beneficiary of many millions of dollars, including more than $3 million just from Nike co-founder Phil Knight. As this is written on Wednesday morning, the Oregon […]

Biden says midterm elections turned out to be ‘a good day’ for democracy

BY: - November 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Wednesday that even though midterm election results have yet to determine which party will control Congress, Democrats had a strong night defending their majority in both chambers. Control of both the U.S. Senate and House remained unclear Wednesday as more than 50 House seats have not been called and […]

Stephenson claims victory as Oregon’s labor commissioner

BY: - November 9, 2022

Employment attorney Christina Stephenson held a more than 20-point lead over her competitor in the race to lead the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, leading her campaign to declare victory Tuesday night.  Though final results could be days away, by Wednesday morning, polls continued to show Stephenson, who had a huge fundraising advantage, leading […]

Several high-profile Oregon races remain too close to call Wednesday

BY: - November 9, 2022

This article was updated at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday following evening ballot drops. Several high-profile Oregon races remained too close to call on Wednesday, but it appeared clear Democrats will maintain their legislative majorities.  As of Wednesday evening, the Associated Press had not called the race for governor or the state’s three competitive congressional districts. The […]

Two statewide measures on slavery and legislative walkouts have passed in Oregon

BY: - November 9, 2022

UPDATED: Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022 at 6:18 p.m. Oregon voters passed ballot measures to remove references to slavery from the state constitution and punish lawmakers for skipping work.  Supporters of a third proposal that would tighten Oregon’s gun laws have also declared victory, though the battle is tight and thousands of ballots remain to be […]

U.S. Senate control too close to call as multiple states grapple with tight vote counts

BY: , and - November 8, 2022

WASHINGTON —  Control of the U.S. Senate remained unclear early Wednesday as races in a handful of swing states in the midterm elections were still too close to call, and it appeared it might be days — or even weeks — before a final result was known. Among the tightest contests: In Pennsylvania, Lt. Gov. […]