Smith Concedes


Sen. Gordon Smith calls to concede to Jeff Merkley
Posted by mrollins November 06, 2008 09:05AM

Republican Gordon Smith, who has represented Oregon in the U.S. Senate for the last 12 years, this morning called Jeff Merkley, his Democratric challenger, to concede their race.

Jon Isaacs, an aide to Merkley, said that Smith called Merkley about 8:40 a.m. to concede the hard-fought race, which came down to a few thousand votes. Isaacs described the conversation between the two men as "very cordial."

It came as Merkley prepared to give his acceptance speech this morning at Portland State University.

Merkley, a five-term state lawmaker and former Habitat for Humanity director, took advantage of a surge of Democratic support to win the bitterly fought battle with Smith, a Pendleton frozen food magnate who also rose through the Oregon Legislature.

Merkley was ahead through most of the counting Tuesday night, but then Smith overtook him overnight. By the end of counting Wednesday, Merkley had moved ahead with tallies from Democrat-rich Multnomah and Lane counties.

Great news.

I feel like I did the day after the election in November 1992. A great weight has been lifted with the return of Democratic control.

In a few months: A President Obama, a Democratic Senate with at least 57 seats, and House with at least 258 Democrats.... a much better reality than the past 8 years.

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Re: Smith Concedes

Off-topic question, but I was curious. What are your thoughts about Robert Gibbs being made Press Secretary?

by vcalzone 2008-11-06 07:42AM | 0 recs
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Sounds likely.

by Jerome Armstrong 2008-11-06 08:09AM | 0 recs
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Better and better.

by mady 2008-11-06 07:58AM | 0 recs
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The Dem Majorities just won are almost identical to the dem majorities Clinton had in his first 2 years as president.  In the 1992-94 Congress the Dems had 258 members in the House and 56 Dems in the Senate.  That's almost identical to what Obama will have.  So it's not huge majorities compared to what the Dems had in the 70s, 60s, and 1930s.  Obama's first 2 years will probably be similar to  Clintons..and remember, the  Republicans won back Congress 2 years later.

by karajan72 2008-11-06 08:12AM | 0 recs
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Math is not the same as history.

by nanorich 2008-11-06 09:04AM | 0 recs
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The Reptiles are pointing out the same thing on RedState and LGF. Similar, except that they have no Gingrich and Fox/Rush is kind of stale at this point.

by CSears 2008-11-06 11:19AM | 0 recs
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Right, because 57 D Senators today is the same as when the Caucus included some truly conservative Dixicrats.  It's not just about Math.  We're a much more ideologically coherent caucus now than we were then.  That matters.  Plus, Obama isn't going to make the same mistakes Clinton made the first few years.  

by HSTruman 2008-11-06 12:36PM | 0 recs
Re: Smith Concedes

Karmic retribution for the church of LDS meddling in Prop 8.

by Democrat in Chicago 2008-11-06 08:25AM | 0 recs
Smith Concedes - Fabulous News

I am so glad to hear this.  I heard Jeff @ Netroots and I was very impressed.  BTW, I heard that Smith is a second cousin to the Udalls.  Interesting.

by MDMan 2008-11-06 09:12AM | 0 recs
Re: Smith Concedes

I feel like I did the day after the election in November 1992. A great weight has been lifted with the return of Democratic control.

It was a great two years until 1994 when the GOP retook the house and the senate for the first time in 50 years.

by dMarx 2008-11-06 09:52AM | 0 recs
Great! Now to Omaha

The Omaha World-Herald now reports that Obama is favored to win Omaha's one electoral vote. Although McCain still leads in the district, because most of the ballots still uncounted is from early voting, they expect Obama to overtake McCain in the Omaha congressional district.

by Zzyzzy 2008-11-06 11:05AM | 0 recs
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"a much better reality than the past 8 years."

Speaking of reality...  How'd it feel to have Obama take Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio on Tuesday?  Remind me, what'd you say about those states during the primary?

by SpanishFly 2008-11-06 11:08AM | 0 recs


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