The following is a blog from KGW political analyst Len Bergstein
At the start of the 2006 election cycle,Oregon voters appeared ready for big change. Pollsters talked about"cranky,angry voters" who felt Oregon was headed in the wrong direction. But here on election eve, it appears that Oregon will be an island of status quo while change rips through the rest of the country. Oregonians appear ready to:
-re-elect Governor Kulongoski
-return our Congressional delegation intact
-reject all but one or two of the statewide ballot measures --neither of them causing real havoc with the political scene
-keep democrats in charge of the state senate and possibly split control of the House 30-30
A review of the early returns show that Democrats "out-performed Republicans in terms of voter turnout...by about 50,000 votes [427,594 - 378,702]...most importantly the big democratic counties [Multnomah and Lane are performing well for democrats and they are holding their own in Washington County. In fact,Washington County may be the interesting story of the night as voters there send almost a completed democratic slate to the legislature.