Democrats sweep Oregon races, win House, Republicans hold Senate


The Candidates Speak: As the candidates for the state house, Julie Parrish (R) and Rachel Prusak (D) share their opening statements in hopes of winning over this highly contested district.

Editors note: Wally Milner volunteered with Rachel Prusak’s campaign for State Representative.

In Oregon Democrats emerged victorious and on a national level won the House of Representatives and the Republicans winning the Senate.

In the Oregon Senate Democrats are leading 18 to 11. In the Oregon House of Reps Democrats are leading 38 to 22. These victories give them a legislative supermajority.

Ballot measure 102, while measures 103,104,105 and 106 were rejected. 

Republicans have at ;least held their Senate majority, and will likely expand it by as many as four seats. No Oregon senators were up for election.

House of Representatives

Democrats have gained control of the House. In Oregon, incumbent democrats Suzanne Bonamici,  Earl Blumenaur, and Peter DeFazio all won.Greg Walden, Republican, won reelection as well.

Kurt Schrader defeated Mark Callahan by 55 percent to 42 percent, holding his seat.


Democrats flipped seven gubernatorial elections, including Laura Kelly’s shocking victory in Kansas.

In Oregon, Democratic incumbent Kate Brown has defeated Republican Knute Buehler by 49 to 44 percent.

State Senate

Nationally, Democrats flipped the New Hampshire, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine and New York senates.

In Oregon, Democrats won a supermajority in the State Senate, flipping Senate district 3.

In District 19, Rob Wagner easily defeated David Paulson, winning the election by a 30 percent margin.

State House

Democrats won the State House of Representatives in Minnisotta and New Hampshire, while Republicans regained control from a minority-led Democratic House in Alaska.

In Oregon, Democrats also won a supermajority, flipping two suburban districts and gaining a 38-22 majority.

Democrat Rachel Prusak defeated incumbent representative Julie Parrish in the HD-37 race.

Local Races

Joe Buck, democrat,  holds a narrow lead over the more left wing Christine Lewis in the race for Metro City Councillor. Tami Little won reelection as county assessor, as did Sherry Hall in her race for Clackamas County Clerk. Jules Walters and Bill Reylea won their races for West Linn City Council, while both city wide ballot measures passed.

wlhsNOW will have continuing coverage of the election over the next day and weeks.