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November 05, 2008

Should Smith be optimistic of victory?

Sen. Gordon Smith's (R-Ore.) campaign put out a statement that it is "cautiously optimistic" that it will prevail when all the votes are counted statewide.  With 72 percent of precincts reporting, Smith leads his Democratic opponent Jeff Merkley, 48 to 47 percent.

But much of the remaining vote is in liberal Lane and Multonomah (Portland) Counties, making it difficult for Smith to hang on to his narrow lead.

Still, the Smith campaign is confident:

“The race for Oregon’s Senate seat remains to be too close to call. Gordon Smith continues to have a small lead in votes. While Multnomah County has a large number of ballots left to be counted, so do Republican strongholds in Linn, Marion, Jackson and Clackamas Counties.

“Additionally, in counties where late returns have been counted, Gordon Smith has seen a surge. For example: in ballots counted last night in Washington County, Gordon Smith was down ten points. On ballots counted today in Washington County, Smith led by 4,000 votes - a dramatic turnaround from last night. In Jackson county, the swing was even more dramatic.

“Our campaign remains cautiously optimistic and eagerly awaits the counting of ballots.”