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November 06, 2008

AP: Merkley defeats Smith in Oregon

Make that a net pickup of six Senate seats for the Democrats, as AP is calling the Oregon Senate race for Democrat Jeff Merkley. With 82 percent of precincts reporting, Merkley leads Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.), 49 percent to 46 percent.

From the AP:

The Democratic challenger in Oregon's Senate race, Jeff Merkley, has defeated Republican Sen. Gordon Smith.

The Democratic tide led by Barack Obama's election overwhelmed Smith, a moderate Republican who was seeking his third term.

Merkley is the speaker of the House in Oregon. Smith was the lone Senate Republican on the Pacific Coast.