There's still a lot more votes to be counted in the midterm election, but right now, as a Democrat, I'm feeling good about how my party has fared.
For sure this hasn't been a Red Wave election, as so many pundits predicted. At best, we're talking a Red Ripple. And when all is said and done, even that might be an overstatement.
Here in Oregon, Democrat Tina Kotek is leading Republican Christine Drazan 46-45 in the Governor race, with unaffiliated Betsy Johnson at a mere 9%. Too close for comfort, but I suspect Kotek will come out on top when all the ballots are counted.
In the new 6th Congressional District that includes Salem, I'm thrilled to see Andrea Salinas (D) leading Mike Erickson (R) 50-48. In the 5th Congressional District, Lori Chavez-Deremer (R) is ahead of Jamie McLeod-Skinner (D) 53-47. That's disappointing, but not all that surprising given the makeup of the district.
Deb Patterson (D) has a comfortable lead over Raquel Moore-Green (R) in the state Senate 10 race, 54-46, which is nice to see. Ditto with Tom Andersen (D) up by 55-45 over TJ Sullivan (R) in the state House 19 race.
Nationally, the New York Times is estimating a best guess that the Senate will end up 50-50, as it is now, with VP Kamala Harris providing a tiebreaker vote. At the moment the Times has a 75% chance that Republicans will take control of the House, but only with a 210-225 margin -- again, by no means a Red Wave.
Wonderful to see that John Fetterman (D) appears to have won a Senate seat in Pennsylvania. It's looking like the Georgia Senate race between Warnock (D) and Walker (R) will go to a runoff election in December, since neither candidate appears likely to get 50% of the vote. Hard to believe that this many Georgians would vote for Walker, who is horribly unqualified to be a senator.
Regarding Oregon's ballot measures, I'm surprised in a good way that Measure 114, the gun control measure, is narrowly ahead 51-49. I'm also happy that the measure to penalize lawmakers with 10 or more unexcused absences is well ahead, 68-32.
The Ward 4 Salem City Council race has Deanna Gwyn leading Dynee Medlock 51-48. And the City of Salem $300 million Community Improvement Bond has passed 65-35.