election results 2018

Kate Brown's Chance To Make Her Mark On Oregon

Nov 12, 2018
Jonathan Levinson / OPB

For the past several months, Gov. Kate Brown was locked in a bruising fight for governor.

In a race that saw an unprecedented amount of cash spent by major-party candidates, she was maligned in advertisements for the state’s dismal graduation rates and failing foster care system.

Trump Lashes Out During Combative Press Conference

Nov 7, 2018

Updated 3:10 p.m. ET

In an extraordinarily combative news conference Wednesday after voters delivered him a rebuke by giving control of the House to Democrats, President Trump went after Republicans, Democrats and the media.

He mocked Republican candidates who distanced themselves from him, chided a reporter for asking a "racist question" and walked away from the lectern at one point, as an aide tried to wrest a microphone out of a reporter's hands.

Here's How California's 11 Ballot Measures Fared On Election Night

Nov 7, 2018

Californians faced 11 ballot measures this November, on everything from affordable housing to farm animal confinement and whether to keep daylight saving time. Here's how the measures fared Tuesday night.

Proposition 1: Affordable Housing And Home-Purchase Assistance For Veterans

There are a lot of different ways to read the results from elections across the country Tuesday.

There will be lots of spin in the coming days about what it all means, but here are seven ways to cut through the noise and put what happened in context:

1. It was a Democratic wave in the House, and that is a very big deal.

Voters of the 4th Congressional District have re-elected Peter DeFazio for a 17th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert was at the Democratic watch party Tuesday night when the Congressman’s win was announced.

A List Of Firsts For Women In This Year's Midterm Elections

Nov 6, 2018

Updated at 1:55 p.m. ET Thursday

With women making up only 20 percent of Congress, there are many types of women — especially women of color — who have never been represented on Capitol Hill. The record-breaking wave of female candidates in 2018 comes with a list of firsts among those women. Here's a list of some of those firsts, which we will keep updating as results come in.

Gavin Newsom Will Be California's Next Governor

Nov 6, 2018

Gavin Newsom, the 51-year-old Democrat who has eyed California’s top office for the past decade and is promising sweeping new statewide programs as part of a full-throated resistance to President Donald Trump, will be the state’s 40th governor.

Updated at 3:44 a.m. ET Wednesday

Republicans and Democrats will split control of Congress next year. House Democrats are projected to pick up enough GOP-held seats to take the majority in the House, according to The Associated Press. Senate Republicans are projected to maintain and perhaps expand their majority.

The results create a divided Capitol Hill next year and mean President Trump's plans for new tax cuts, tougher immigration legislation and changes to the Affordable Care Act will be blocked.

Republican Congressman Greg Walden won an 11th term in Congress on Tuesday, after spending more on the campaign to keep his seat than ever before.

Early returns showed Walden holding a significant lead in Oregon's 2nd Congressional District with 56 percent, versus 40 percent of votes for Democratic candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner, and 4 percent for Independent Party candidate Mark Roberts.

McLeod-Skinner conceded the race around 9:30 p.m.


Grants Pass Mayor Darin Fowler is on his way to the Josephine County Board of Commissioners, winning Tuesday's election over Ron Smith.  Fowler will replace Simon Hare, who did not run again.

The November vote was a runoff after the May primary failed to produce a majority for any of the candidates in a crowded field.  Fowler piled up 53% of the voteto 46% for Smith.

Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel cruised to reelection, crushing challenger Jonathan Knapp, 71% to 28%. 

Dyer and Roberts campaigns

Jackson County Commissioners Rick Dyer and Colleen Roberts, both Republicans, appeared to win second terms in office with Tuesday's election.  And incumbent Sheriff Nathan Sickler won election to the post he was appointed to in early 2017.

All faced spirited opposition.  Dyer drew Democrat Amy Thuren, a former Red Cross executive and current director of The Valley School in Medford.  Vote totals Tuesday night showed Dyer with 53% of the vote to Thuren's 44%.  Libertarian Frank Brannen pulled 3%.

Roberts, a first-termer like Dyer, faced off against Lanita Witt, a retired MD and the co-owner of Willow-Witt Ranch.  Roberts gathered more votes, 52% to 46% for Witt.  Libertarian Edward Stanton also ran and drew 2% support.

A couple of new faces will represent the region in the Oregon Legislature next year.  But only because the faces belong to people running for open seats.  Voters re-elected incumbents on the ballot in both houses.

The exceptions were Senate District Three (see separate story here), won by Jeff Golden, D-Ashland, and House District Six, won by Kim Wallan, R-Medford.

The house district gets a new legislator because of the retirement of longtime Representative Sal Esquivel, who chose not to run again.

Author, activist and one-time Jackson County Commissioner Jeff Golden decisively defeated Medford tech entrepreneur Jessica Gomez to reclaim Oregon’s Third District Senate seat for the Democrats.

Golden led Gomez 56 to 44 percent in early returns, and received a concession call from Gomez shortly before 10 PM Tuesday.

Oregon voters soundly defeated a ballot measure Tuesday that would restrict public funding for abortion in the state.

Measure 106 was aimed at forcing Oregon to stop paying for the abortions of low-income women except in limited circumstances. It also sought to prevent public employees from receiving abortion coverage as part of their health insurance.

A ballot initiative to make it harder to raise fees and many taxes in Oregon was handily defeated by voters Tuesday.

Measure 104 sought to amend the Oregon Constitution to expand the kinds of revenue increases requiring a three-fifths vote in each legislative chamber.


The battle over Measure 104 fell along predictable political lines.

Democratic Gov. Kate Brown defeated Republican state Rep. Knute Buehler in the race to see who will hold Oregon's highest office.

Buehler conceded the race shortly after initial returns Tuesday.

"Tonight I lost the election, but I do think this competitive governor's race has made all of us better. Democracy has won. Competition is good for all of us," he said.

Delivering her victory speech Tuesday night at the Hilton hotel in downtown Portland, Brown said the election sent a clear message about the state's priorities.

Voters in northern California's 1st and 2nd House Districts have decisively re-elected their incumbent Congressmembers.

In the 2nd District, Democrat Jared Huffman trounced his Republican challenger Dale Mensing by a 3-to-1 margin in the 2nd District. This is the third time Mensing has run against Huffman. He's lost by a similarly lop-sided margin each time.

This will be Huffman's fourth term representing the district, which encompasses the north coast from the Oregon state line to Marin County.

How To Interpret The Early Exit Poll Results

Nov 6, 2018

As the first wave of early exit polls is released, you might be tempted to find some signs of which way the political winds are blowing. But a few words of caution: Exit polls are not very helpful in gauging turnout. And because so many people vote early, they are incomplete.