Obama wins Oregon; GOP takes one of five House seats

Nov. 7, 2012 at 1:16 AM
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SALEM, Ore., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Barack Obama won the presidential vote in Oregon Tuesday and the Democrats captured four of the five seats in the House of Representatives up for grabs.

With 66 percent of the votes counted, Obama led Republican challenger Mitt Romney with 54 percent of the vote to 44 percent.

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., was the only GOP House candidate to prevail Tuesday. Walden, who was first elected to Congress in 1998, trounced Democrat Joyce Segers in District 2. With 59 percent of the votes counted, Walden had 69 percent to Segers' 29 percent.

Democrats Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer and Kurt Schrader won their races by comfortable margins.

Measure 80 legalizing marijuana appeared headed for defeat with 52 percent of the votes tallied. The proposal, which had fallen short in pre-election polls, trailed by 10 percentage points late Tuesday.

Oregon legalized medical marijuana in 1998. Measure 80 would have eased controls further and placed pot on a regulatory level comparable to alcoholic beverages.

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