November 6th, 2008
12:25 PM ET
6 years ago

Smith concedes defeat in Oregon

Gordon Smith has conceded defeat.
Gordon Smith has conceded defeat.

(CNN) - Oregon Sen. Gordon Smith has conceded defeat to Democratic challenger Jeff Merkley in his re-election bid, CNN has confirmed.

Smith personally called Merkley earlier Thursday to concede the race, according to Merkley spokeswoman Julie Edwards. Smith is also expected to publicly admit defeat in a press conference later Thursday.

Election Center: Check out the results in Oregon

With 100 percent of the counties reporting, Merkley received 48.4 percent of the vote to Smith's 46 percent.

Smith's defeat means Democrats now hold 57 seats in the Senate. The outcomes of three races remain unclear - Alaska, Minnesota, and Georgia.


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  1. Matt in Oregon

    I'd rather see Chambliss go than Smith. Smith kind of dug his own grave, though, by riding Bush's coattails to re-election last time around. This time he tried running as a Democrat RINO.

    November 6, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. Mark in Oregon

    Oregon was one of the states that put Obama over the top Tuesday night, and now Oregon has ousted a Republican from the Senate, to help pave the way for the Obama administration to undo the damage caused by 8 years of Bush rule.

    November 6, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. Natalia, Albuquerque, NM

    Great news!

    Now if they could only find a way to remove FELON Stevens from the Alaska ballot. After all, he was found to be a convicted FELON BEFORE election day and FELONS are not allowed to seek or take office. But knowing how dirty the Alaskan Republicans are this won't happen.

    To bad, because if his name was removed from ballot, then the Democrat would have run unoppossed and would have won by default!

    November 6, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. Bob

    Republicans did what they were supposed to do over the last 8 years. Their job was to make you goobs so fearful of them that you would do the dumbest thing in the world and elect this slimy snake who will show you all who he really is very soon. We've all been scammed America...by both parties.

    November 6, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. jlowe

    That'll do Gordon.

    Hello Jeff!

    November 6, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. I Just Said Thanks, but No Thanks to Another 4 years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    And America, You are Welcome.

    November 6, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. sandee in Portland

    Since I am from Oregon, I am very disappointed in this selection. Even though I voted for Obama, I was also a fan of Senator Smith who has accomplished some great things for our state. He also voted against the war in Iraq and has truly been a bipartisan Senator. I will miss him.

    November 6, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. Richie in Oregon

    Both Smith and Merkley ran horrible nasty campaigns. I voted write-in. I don't look forward to watching the ignorant Merkley talking with his mouth full for the next six years.

    November 6, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    FINALLY !!!!! Now maybe ALL the people of Oregon will get representation instead of the special interest groups that Smith catered to. Hopefully the South Coast area of Oregon will be recognized for the unlimited possiblilties the area holds for manufacturing jobs and tourist possibilities. The area around Coos Bay / North Bend have such possibilities for west coast shipping and that area is a natural for expansion of those businesses.

    November 6, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    FINALLY !!!!! Now maybe ALL the people of Oregon will get representation instead of the special interest groups that Smith catered to. Hopefully the South Coast area of Oregon will be recognized for the unlimited possiblilties the area holds for manufacturing jobs and tourist possibilities. The area around Coos Bay / North Bend have such possibilities for west coast shipping and that area is a natural for expansion of those businesses.

    November 6, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. Greed is not good

    Wow the remaining uncounted mail-in ballots must have really made the difference.

    November 6, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. Comrade nom deplume

    God, you libs are annoying. When there is Red and Blue america, I hope we shut down the gas pipelines and freeze your sorry pink butts solid. And don't come over to Red america looking for food. Since you are all imbued with superior intelligence, that metallic sound you hear from the shelter of my warm, well-stocked house should be sufficient deterrent.

    November 6, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  13. Comrade nom deplume

    Not my president

    No longer my country

    Stay on your side, I'll stay on mine.

    November 6, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. Eli harold

    Good Riddance to the election immigrant hiring, environmental polluting jerk that is Smith. Change is coming in OREGON :)

    November 6, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. gt

    GOOD ,, HE WAS NO DIFFERENT THAN THE DEMOCRATES ANYWAY GUTLESS HACK

    November 6, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. DLK

    Comrade nom deplume,

    You have some serious issues. Get over your sad self and be part of the democracy that men and women have died for. And if you can't accept this part of a democracy, then there's always Canada. Or how about Alaska? You and Sara can go shoot at wolves from a plane together.

    November 6, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. ken

    Barry, What America should be worried about ...That would be people like you who believe that they are entitled and the only real americans. People who cannot accept change.

    November 6, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. JFK

    Lets hope the other 3 work out as Democrats but if not, remember the Republicans will roadblock any progressive measures. They will catch the blame if they arent careful in how they handle themselves.

    November 6, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Bill from WI

    I'm glad the Dems are closer to being able to avoid obstructionist tactics in the Senate with this seat pick up. But at the same time, I find it disconcerting to see another Republican moderate bite the dust.

    This means that the GOP will be just that much more to the right as moderates are unable to take their party back continue to fall by the wayside.

    November 6, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. Yos

    Hey Comrade,

    We can understand your disappointment... sounds a little like we felt when W came into office in 2000 and 2004... minus the dark mutterings about locking and loading, of course. We were convinced that W was an awful choice for president: a spoiled rich kid, a profoundly mediocre intellect, and failed businessman who wasn't a homeless drunk only because he has a rich family to bail him out.

    It turns out we were even more right than we knew. W turned out to be the worst president in the history of the country, or at least in the bottom couple of percent. In 2008, this turned from left-wing opinion to generally accepted fact.

    It looks like the vast majority of people who agree that the W administration was a failure have decided that Obama is the right pick. Before you decide we're wrong, remember how right we were about W. Maybe you should keep quiet and let the adults drive for a while.

    November 6, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  21. Milton, Harrisburg, PA

    Blue America pays higher taxes and the major beneficiary of those higher taxes flow to red America (i.e. urban America subsidizes rural America). Kinda sounds like socialism doesn't it? You betcha!

    November 6, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. Steverino

    Comrade nom deplume –

    So what you're saying is if you came upon an accident on the highway, with injured and bloody women and children strewn about, and you saw an Obama bumper sticker on one of the cars, you'd just keep driving? Or are you saying you'd stop and laugh? Or shoot them? Man, you're one sick puppy.

    November 6, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  23. Fed up with the lies

    For the first time in at least 40 years, we have a Senator to be ashamed of. Jeff Merkley lied his way in to this seat and all of the major newspapers in Oregon said so. He was a mud slinger in the primary because he wasn't qualified and he was a mud slinger in the general. The folks in Oregon that elected this hack, gave up a moderate Senator that had clout and committee positions that this clown will have to wait years to get. An honorable man that looked out for Oregon, and was able to work across the aisle. And the really sorry thing is that he couldn't have been elected if it wasn't for all the ads the Democratic Senatorial folks dumped in to our state. I am ashamed the majority in Oregon are so short sighted, and take solace that I only have to stick around this doomed state until I get my parents house sold.

    November 6, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. David Newport, OR

    I am one of the many who helped to remove Gordon. Now this was a tough call...he is one of the few that re-thought his stance on Iraq. I will give him credit there. But the bottom line...he was Republican every time they "needed" him to be Republican and he put that in front of serving those that elected him. Besides...in the last 2 weeks you would not believe the negative campaign flyers that filled my mail box from Mr Smith. If you can't run on your own merit , especially after serving as long as he has...well that says alot.

    November 6, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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