AP has called it…
Jeff Merkley has unseated Republican Incumbent Gordon Smith. 82% of precincts have been counted in the Beaver State.
This victory puts the Democrats in control of 56 votes in the Senate, which means they'll still need four Republican votes to crossover to drum out Senate felon Ted Stevens (R-Attica), should he win.
Stevens still has a slight lead in the 220,000 ballots cast, which is about one voter from every buck in he received in housing renovations.
Tags: Gordon Smith, Jeff Merkley, Oregon, Senate
Have a nice night of partying, President-Elect Obama. Remember to have a drink on your fellow Senators Gordon Smith (R-OR) and Norm Coleman (R-MN), who remain stationed in their Fox News-outfitted bunkers, awaiting their fate.
* Smith is trailing State Representative Jeff Merkley, 48% to 47% with just under half the precincts reporting.
* Coleman is tied with Saturday Night Live funnyman Al (O')Franken, 42% apiece with 69% of the precincts reporting.
If Smith and Coleman are returned to the Senate, they can reunite with fellow GOP incumbents Mitch McConnell and Susan Collins, both of whom survived strong challenges from Democrats.
And if they lose, they will have ample vacation opportunities. Space undoubtedly awaits them at the consistently-vacant North Carolina home of new loser Liddy Dole or at the massive new wing in Ted Stevens' Anchorage home.
Now if they choose the latter location, they shouldn't stay too long. When Stevens gets back from jail, he's going to be extra crotchety.
Tags: Al Franken, Gordon Smith, Jeff Merkley, Minnesota, Norm Coleman, Oregon