1) Republican Chris Dudley's bid to end the Democrats' 24-year control of the governor's office is too close to call so far against Democrat John Kitzhaber. But Democrats' large voter-registration edge in the state shows how it hard is for any Republican to win statewide—even one who raises a lot more money.
2) The People's Republic of Portland isn't a slam-dunk for all measures dear to progressives' hearts. Measure 26-108, the continuation of public campaign finance for city elections, is losing.
3) The People's Republic of Portland isn't that tight with its wallet, even in this lousy economy. A proposed Multnomah County levy to fund the Oregon Historical Society is passing, and a city fire bond that conducted a low-key campaign is only losing narrowly.
4) Loretta Smith made an amazing comeback to win a seat on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners. Coming in second in the May primary [PDF], Smith trailed first-place primary finisher Karol Collymore by 18 percentage points. But in the general election results today, Smith (a longtime aide to U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden—who incidentally won re-election easily) easily defeated Collymore.
7) Any national Republican congressional tsunami doesn't include Oregon. Incumbent Democratic Reps. David Wu and Kurt Schrader appear well on their way to defeating well-funded Republican opponents.
UPDATE at 9:30 pm: And here's an eighth tidbit I just noticed from the proposed changes to the Multnomah County charter. Two of the county changes on the ballot are losing. One of those losing narrowly is Measure 26-109, a proposed end to term limits for elected officials in the county. But the more intriguing result potentially is Measure 26-110, which is losing by a huge margin. That's interesting, because the defeat would keep in place a requirement that county officials resign their office if they choose to run for another office in the middle of their county term—which puts county Chairman Jeff Cogen in a bind if he decides to run for mayor in 2012.