Welcome to CAUSA's Election Coverage 2008 from the Oregon Convention Center
8:07pm Not a moment after the Oregon Polls closed, it appears that Senator Barack Obama has struck an historic victory and has been elected President of the United States. The current Electoral Vote count is 324 Obama to 124 McCain.
8:24pm We just heard Senator McCain make his concession speech.
8:39pm KGW is reporting
49% Jeff Merkley (278669 votes)
46% Gordon Smith (260931 votes)
6% Dave Brownlow (31969 votes)
Precincts: 280 of 1000 - 28%
Updated: 11-04-2008 08:40 PM
8:41pm Here is the current numbers on Measure 58, Bill Sizemore's Anti-bilingual Ed Measure
56% No (236405 votes)
44% Yes (188155 votes)
Precincts: 208 of 1000 - 20%
Updated: 11-04-2008 08:31 PM
8:49pm We are now reporting from the Press riser in the Main Convention Hall. We moved from the Defend Oregon room as it was getting crowded. The crowd is waiting in anticipation for Oregon's ballot measure and candidate results, and an address from President Elect Obama.
8:59pm President Elect Obama is addressing the nation. The crowd here in the convention center is extrememly lively.
9:07pm Ballot Measure Update
Ballot Measure 58
54% No (411375 votes)
46% Yes (348551 votes)
Precincts: 376 of 1000 - 37%
Updated: 11-04-2008 09:10 PM
Ballot Measure 60
60% No (371129 votes)
40% Yes (243975 votes)
Precincts: 301 of 1000 - 30%
Updated: 11-04-2008 08:57 PM
The Senate Race in Oregon is still very close:
48% Jeff Merkley (384128 votes)
47% Gordon Smith (377338 votes)
6% Dave Brownlow (45008 votes)
Precincts: 401 of 1000 - 40%
Updated: 11-04-2008 09:50 PM
10:05pm How about those ballot measures?
Oregon voters reject most ballot measures
10:19pm For more complete election results visit KGW
10:40pm Measure 58 and 60 Fails. Other failures include 59, 60, 63 and 65. Those that have passed include 54, 55, 56 and 57. Those still undecided include 61, 62 and 64
10:55pm Apparently Fox 12 is projected Jeff Merkley winner:
Senator Smith is supposed to speak at 11:00pm. Stay Tuned!
11:13pm Looks like those hoping to know how the Smith-Merkley race for U.S. Senate turns out will have to wait until morning.
11:30pm We are going to wrap-up here at the Oregon Convention Center. We will continue to report on the election returns through out the morning.
The National Headlines from the AP:
Around the Nation:
Anti-Civil Rights Proposition ahead in California
A measure to once again ban gay marriage in California led Tuesday, throwing into doubt the unions of an estimated 18,000 same-sex couples who wed during the last 4 1/2 months...
Senator Dole unseated by Kay Hagan in North Carolina
One race many immigrant rights advocates were watching closely tonight was between Senator Elizabeth Dole and Kay Hagan in North Carolina. According to the returns, Hagen easily unseated Senator Dole.
Last month The Sanctuary reported on one of Senator Dole's allies. Apparently Johnston County Sheriff, Steve Bizzell who had a staring role in an anti-immigrant ad Dole was running used some choice words in an article that appeared a Raleigh, N.C. paper. The full story can be found by linking here.
Informative article(s) about the Latino Vote:
- Unprecedented Latino Voter Turnout Plays Critical Role in Early Outcome of the Presidential Election
- Record Breaking Hispanic Vote Can Swing Election