November 6th, 2008
12:25 PM ET
5 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. Jeff from PDX

    Marc PDX,

    As a Democrat who voted for Obama and Smith that me say in response that Smith was the only Republican to have chance in Oregon BECASUE he was more moderate. Your typical right wing ideologue wouldn't have stood a chance in this state.

    To all Republicans, if you want to survive as a party you need to embrace the moderates in your party and stop being lead by the Karl Rove, Rush L., and Bill O types in your party. The country is tired of the vileness and pettiness of their type of politics. Time to grow up and move on.

    November 6, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. President Barack Obama

    Bye, Bye

    November 6, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. Ethan

    Woo hoo! Time to kick Lieberman to the curb!

    Franken's going to win the recount and there are 50k mail-in absentee ballots that need to be counted in Alaska, most post-marked AFTER Uncle Ted was convicted. Down by only 1k, Begich will win.

    I say again, time to kick Joe LIEberman to the curb.

    November 6, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    SO interesting that Stevens the Convicted Felon was re-elected in Alaska, which confirms that Alaskans are daft. Now I understand why Palin is their governor! How amazing that the far-right continues to attack our President-elect, but is QUIET about a FELON being elected US Senator! Do you think IF Sen. Obama was a FELON he would have been elected to the Senate?????? Nope!

    This IS the hypocrisy of the Republican party! This is yet another reason why the Republicans will be defeated over and over, until they CHANGE from VILE politics to politics that offer something more than a nasty sound byte!

    November 6, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. Ken, Pisgah Forest NC

    The Republicans have no leader to take a prominent role should Pres. Obama and the Democratic congress fall flat. That is because they selected a candidate, McCain, whose future is behind him, and they wound up with him because he did well in the winner-take-all states, even though he did not have a lot of support within his party. He knew how to play the electoral game. The Democrats had a super-charged primary because they don't have winner-take-all. I have to disagree with George Will on this one. Having an expedient primary does not always create a winner in November.

    November 6, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. BRIAN

    YAAAY!!! One step coser to the Socialist States of America!!!! Awesome

    November 6, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Hate

    If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.
    – Hermann Hesse

    November 6, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. Jim in OR

    Gordon Smith did work for Oregon on some issues, however his campaign was once again very negative....hmmmm, where have we seen that before? Congrats Jeff and all of us in the State of Oregon.

    November 6, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. Proud to be American

    See ya and wouldn't want to be ya ...... you bethcha!!! okay it appears we are going to be able to make real changes in all houses ;0)

    November 6, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Matt in Oregon

    I'm a progressive Democrat from Oregon. Gordon wasn't such a bad guy, and I'm grateful for his years of public service, but it really is time for a change. Merkley was a great candidate.

    November 6, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. JB

    Republicans are like rats in a sinking ship....next up Ted Stevens

    November 6, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. Doug R.

    The Republican party has become illegitimate and dysfunctional. Listen to them cry and whine.
    Why isn't the convicted felon, Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) in prison where he belongs??

    November 6, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. paul (staunch Moderate)

    I am truly amazed at the amount of uninformed vitriol posted here – on BOTH sides of the political aisle.

    Come ON folks. Do some reading and thinking.

    The Dems majority is not FAR LEFT. There are many, many moderate (read RIGHT leaning) Democratic Senators and Congresspersons.

    All of us better hope and pray that Extremism in any form in our government is dead.

    November 6, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. Sandra

    The campaign was nasty by both parties and I'm glad the ads are done. Merkley spent $10M more in Oregon, had Obama's coat tails to ride on, and Senator Smith had to defend himself for being in the same party as "W", with that said Merkley should've blown Gordon Smith out of the water; so before he gets arrogant as he appeared this morning, he should take into consideration that he barely beat a fair and good man who was considered "too democrat" by some republicans. Gordon Smith was respected in the Senate by both parties and was on some powerful committes and nooone can dispute that he watched out for our State; lets hope Merkely can fill his shoes. I am a democrat who voted for Obama and helped with voter drives and volunteered, I just don't believe people should vote blindly along party lines. Best of Luck to all our newley elected officials.

    November 6, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. CanIcallyouJoe

    Great. But I could care less if any one party has a majority a long as their goals are peace and prosperity for all humans, and demand to reach that goals without wars, corruption or horrible pollution.

    The coverage of McCain's campaign people blamestorming is irrelevant now. The Election is over and one person came out first, and another second.
    McCain didn't "lose" anything – he simply came in second. Period.

    I support and voted for Obama, and I don't agree with the majority of McCain's views and am very critical of him – but I have NEVER lorded over any McCain supporter that the candidate I voted for came in first.

    We must put this behind us. We humans cannot change our pasts more so than we can predict our futures. Peace needs to happen.

    November 6, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. Matt

    The market drop has nothing to do with Obama's election. It is a response to the job loss and sales reports for October.

    November 6, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. Christopher W. Mannoia

    Whew, 3-seats to go until a filibuster-proof majority; of course, the real fear is that if Senator Stevens of Alaska wins, he will be forced to resign, and then guess who (beautiful but goofy) the Gov. of Alaska will appoint to replace him?

    The LAST thing we need right now is Sarah Palin in the Senate! YUK!

    November 6, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  18. Tom from Oregon

    Smith is another casualty of the out-of-touch republican party even though he as more moderate than many of the repubs. Interesting how the republican hate mongers don't realize they are an increasing minority and will ever be far to the right of center in this county. The country is centerist now and that is great news as it represents the majority of Americans. The far right or far left are not the majority. Obama represents the middle eventhough the right-wing nut cases will never accept that. But it doesn't matter, if the republicans throw another wacko on the ticket in 2012 they will lose.... and Palin is finished because she only represents the wacko righ-wingers..... Good riddence....

    November 6, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. Tom from Oregon

    Smith is another casualty of the out-of-touch republican party even though he is more moderate than many of the repubs. Interesting how the republican hate mongers don't realize they are an increasinly smaller minority in this county. The country is centerist now and that is great news as it represents the majority of Americans. The far right or far left are not the majority. Obama represents the middle eventhough the right-wing nut cases will never accept this. But it doesn't matter, if the republicans throw another wacko on the ticket in 2012 they will lose…. and Palin is finished because she only represents the wacko righ-wingers….. What goes around comes around. Bye bye

    November 6, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. Flat-earther

    Saxby should be next. He dishonors the veterens by his negative campaigning. He is an immoral GOPer. That may be redundent.

    November 6, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. Jeff Gott

    Anyone that wants the GOP destroyed hates their country. I am GOP and i wouldnt want a total filler buster proof sentate tilt in my direction. We are a country of idea's not 1 idea.
    Obama won, i hate it but i will give the man a chance. In 2 years America does mid term elections and if we arent destroyed by then, GOP will get a number (10 or so) GOP seats back.and many in the House.

    Capalism is falling and being replaced, What made this country great is all of a sudden mute, Countries are crying and celbrating because we are so much weaker now with Obama in the Whitehouse.

    Dem's did a good job using Bush for their gain. Nevermind we havent been attacked in 7 years since Sept 11th. Obama will never know what hit him when a terrosist friend of his blows up NY with a nuke.

    November 6, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. dcon08

    off topic i just wanna say again, the only bad thing about McCain not being elected is we

    November 6, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  23. Boise, ID

    Religion is the root of all evil.

    November 6, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  24. Disappointed

    -EMANUAL CHIEF OF STAFF

    So the uniter picks are far left dem. nice. This is disappointed This is also someone who leaked information during the Clinton administration. You can almost bet now that Hillary won't have a place – which is a shame. While I would not have voted for Hillary for POTUS, she would make a terrific cabinet member.

    If he honestly wants a bi-partisan cabinet, he needs to look at Bill Richardson for Secretary of State or keep Condi Rice. He should also lend his ears to Kissenger, Powell and yes...even McCain for Defense.

    If he is going to honestly be the non-partisan uniter, than he should also go after the former CEOs, COOs, members of the democratic party (Dodd, Frank) and the republican party who should have seen this meltdown coming and not tell us to by Fannie/Freddie stocks as recently as July 08 (see FrankK D-MA!).

    And Jamie Dimon?? Please? Advisor ~ with a BIG MAYBE. More like Warren Buffet.

    So let's just see how in the middle he is or will it be politics as usual pandering to your party. Please don't disappoint and be very careful of Emanual. You don't want him leaking all your info!

    And for all of you claiming what a terrific choice, I bet most of you never even heard of this guy and know nothing about him.

    November 6, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. Barry

    You Democrats are the worst winners I have ever seen in an election. Still bashing Palin for not being an elitist or from an Ivy league school. Although, she held her own against Biden in the debate and was at the hands of terrible campainge aides of McCains. She would make a fine Senator, I'm sure she would cast yes or no votes unlike Obama did with present votes.
    America should be worried about the Democrats gaining a 60 seat majority in the Senate after electing a far left Liberal for President. If they decide with this majority to make and laws, scrap the Constitution, or push government into our lives there is no fillibustor or checks or balances to stop them. Absolute power corrupts absolutely!

    November 6, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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