Election Results: Latest updates in the biggest races
OREGON (KPTV) – Results for the 2022 Midterm Elections began coming in at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Many of the key races FOX 12 was following were still too close to call late Tuesday night.
8 p.m. Wednesday:
While AP News and FOX 12 have not yet called the Oregon governor election, Tina Kotek tweeted a declaration of victory.
As of 8 p.m., about 72% ballots have been counted, and Kotek stands at 47% with 737,048 votes, while Christine Drazan has 44% with 692,814 votes.
“Oregon faces major challenges, and I look forward to getting to work to solve them. I promise to be a Governor for all of Oregon. I will start by working tirelessly to deliver results on issues of shared concern across our state: housing and homelessness, access to mental health and addiction treatment, helping our students succeed, and supporting small businesses,” Kotek wrote in a statement Wednesday. “I ask Oregonians – no matter who you voted for in this election – to believe in our state, to stay engaged, and to help figure out solutions together.”
4:16 p.m. Wednesday:
1:46 p.m. Wednesday:
Jamie McLeod Skinner, Democratic Candidate for Oregon U.S. House District 5 released a statement as she continues to trail her Republican opponent Lori Chavez-DeRemer.
McLeod Skinner currently has 48% of the vote and Chavez-DeRemer has 52% of the vote with 69% of all votes counted.
“Friends, First, I want to say how deeply grateful I am for your support throughout our campaign. From our odds-defying primary victory to the pending results for yesterday’s general election, your commitment to our shared values means the world to me. Thank you. Oregonians have voted and we now await the results. Ballots are still being counted, including ballots from Oregon’s military personnel serving overseas. While we are currently behind, most of the remaining ballots to be counted are in counties where we are leading. We anticipate the gap to continue to close – what remains to be seen is if we will catch up and move ahead. It’s important that we give our election workers the time they need to do their job – to ensure every vote is counted. I want to express my confidence in their work and in our election process. We will update you as we learn more. Thank you again for all your support!”
12:12 p.m. Wednesday:
Rene Gonzalez’s campaign issues a statement on Twitter thanking Commissioner Hardesty and his supporters.
12:10 p.m. Wednesday:
Portland City Commissioner Pos. 3: Jo Ann Hardesty has conceded to Rene Gonzalez. Gonzalez currently has a 9% lead, with more than 19,000 votes. Hardesty was sworn in as a city commissioner in January 2019.
Hardesty sent a statement after conceding, saying:
“My deepest thank you to one of the strongest local campaigns in history. We’ve learned so much from engaging tens of thousands of Portlanders and earning their support. I want to appreciate each and every one of you who got involved this year, who donated, who came out to volunteer. Ours was a grassroots movement that will continue to hold our ideals of concrete change that centers the voices of those most impacted in the decisions that affect them.
I am proud of the values we represented and the accomplishments we brought to life in Portland. My hope going forward is that our city will be a place where people of all backgrounds can thrive, where no one is scapegoated because they are poor. This place we call home is suffering. This is disproportionate and remains rooted in inequitable and exclusion. We have made real progress, and now my colleagues on the council and across our community must shoulder the responsibility to create systems of care. My mission remains to help make it so.”
6:30 a.m. Wednesday:
As of Wednesday morning, the Oregon governor race is still a dead heat between Tina Kotek and Christine Drazan. Kotek has maintained a small lead, but there are many votes still left to be counted statewide, and she’s clinging to a 1-2% margin.
Unaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson conceded Tuesday night with 9.1% of the vote.
8:54 p.m. Tuesday:
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici released the following statement after winning reelection in Oregon’s First Congressional District:
“I’m deeply grateful to the people of NW Oregon for putting their trust in me to represent them in Congress. I will do all I can to improve the lives of Oregonians by advocating for an economy where everyone can thrive; high-quality education; climate justice; reproductive rights; and affordable health care, child care, and housing. I have already had the opportunity to meet with many wonderful people in Tillamook County and Multnomah County who are new to the district, and I look forward to continuing to meet more constituents as I work on their behalf.”
In Oregon U.S. House District 5, Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer had a 10,000+ vote lead on Wednesday morning with many votes still to be counted in Clackamas County and other areas. It’s a 4% lead, but still far too close to call.
In Oregon District 6, Democrat Andrea Salinas was only leading by 5,000+ votes in the morning and Yamhill County, which is a big part of the district, still hasn’t returned many votes at all. It’s within 2% points.
In District 4, Democrat Val Hoyle is up 8% over Alek Skarlatos but the race hasn’t been called yet.
U.S. House Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D), Cliff Bentz (R) and Earl Blumenauer (D) have been reelected in Districts 1, 2 and 3.
Incumbent Oregon Senator Ron Wyden won reelection with 644,819 votes.
Washington Senator Patty Murray defeated Republican challenger Tiffany Smiley in her quest for a sixth term.
Washington U.S. House District 3: Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez is winning in her effort to turn this district blue for the first time since Jaime Herrera Beutler gave the GOP control years ago. She’s up nearly 6% over GOP candidate Joe Kent.
Portland City Commission Pos. 3: Rene Gonzalez looks like he will cruise to victory over incumbent Jo Ann Hardesty. He’s up almost 20,000 votes and will likely win by a healthy margin when all is said and done.
OR Gun Control Measure 114: This one is going to go down to the wire. The statewide measure is passing by only 9,000+ with hundreds of thousands of votes likely still out all over the state.
OR Remove Slavery Exception Measure 112: The measure has passed by 8%. It gets rid of slavery and involuntary servitude as a punishment for crime. The measure removes a line in the state constitution that specifically says slavery is illegal “except” as a form of punishment for a crime.
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