PORTLAND (AP) — Democrats were on track to pick up seats in the Oregon House and maintain their edge in the state Senate, taking firm control of the legislative agenda next year in tandem with the Democratic governor.
After two years sharing power with Republicans in an evenly divided House, Democratic lawmakers will be especially eager to push forward their ideas. And it appears they’ll have the members to make it happen — several races were still close, but with most votes counted Democrats were leading incumbent Republicans in four suburban Portland districts.
If their margins hold, Democrats will carry a 34-26 majority into the 2013 legislative session.
Democrats also held onto their 16-14 majority in the state Senate after Laurie Monnes-Anderson of Gresham survived an intense challenge from Republican Scott Hansen.