Oregon Election Results 2012: Bonamici, Wu, Walden, Schrader reelected to House; marijuana legalization initiative fails; Obama cruises
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Oregon hasn’t sided with a Republican presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan in 1984, and President Obama had no trouble keeping the Democrats’ streak intact, winning Oregon and its seven electoral votes. Early numbers suggested his final tally would be slightly lower than his 2008 win, in which the president nabbed 57 percent of the Oregon vote. He again posted a decisive victory in Portland and surrounding Multnomah County, where Obama was poised to take 75 percent of the vote.
Oregon’s congressional incumbents all held their seats. In the first district, Suzanne Bonamici, who won a special election earlier this year to take over a seat vacated by David Wu, won a full term with more than 60 percent of the vote. Winning an eighth term in the second district, Greg Walden is still the lone Republican representative from Oregon. And in District 5, Kurt Schrader fended off well-funded Republican challenger Fred Thompson.
Ballot initiative 80
Country singer Willie Nelson endorsed the measure, but Oregon voters rejected it. Initiative 80 would have called for some the nation’s most lax marijuana laws, legalizing and regulate the production, sale and possession of marijuana for adults. It would have allowed marijuana farmers to create a state commission that would have overseen the production and sale of the drug. But the measure failed, earning fewer than 45 percent of voters’ support.
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