Governor race still undecided

The Oregon governor’s race between Democrat John Kitzhaber and Republican Chris Dudley remained a cliff-hanger early today.

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Dudley clung to a slim lead, but Kitzhaber was expected to make up the difference as tens of thousands of votes remained to be tallied in Democrat-rich Multnomah County, where he has been getting 70 percent of the vote. According to an analysis by The Oregonian, Kitzhaber will eke out a win if the trend continues.

Regardless of the gubernatorial outcome, Oregon will go down as a state that largely avoided the Republican wave that shifted the balance of power in Congress and gave the GOP more clout in dozens of states. Republicans made strong gains in the Oregon Legislature — though it wasn’t clear whether they would win outright majorities in either the House or the Senate — but Democrats maintained their dominance of statewide positions.

Read more in the Oregonian.