The Oregon House Democrats swept five of six closely-contested metro-area seats, ending a 30-30 deadlock with Republicans and thrusting Dems into a 34-26 majority (one of the five seats, District 40, which covers Gladstone and parts of Milwaukie and Oregon City, was Democratic already but vacated by Rep. Dave Hunt).
Part of the reason Democrats triumphed is they outspent Republicans in five of the six seats—and the one seat where Republicans spent more, House District 49 (Troutdale, Wood Village and Fairview) the GOP candidate, incumbent Rep. Matt Wand, lost.
Filings with the state show that five of the six races saw combined spending of more than $1 million, and candidates will continue reporting last minute expenditures through next Tuesday.
Here are the expenditures from greatest to least:
House District 49 (Troutdale, Wood Vallage, Fairview): $1.207 million total spending
Rep. Matt Wand (R) $611,000
Chris Gorsek (D) $596,000 (winner 54 percent to 46 percent)
House District 29 (Hillsboro, Forest Grove, Cornelius): $1.176 million
Ben Unger (D) $610,000 (winner 53 percent to 47 percent)
Rep. Katie Eyre (R) $566,000
(Unger spent about $110,000 of his total in the primary)
House District 51 (Clackamas and parts of Happy Valley): $1.138 million
Shemia Fagan (D) $700,000 (winner 52 percent to 47 percent)
Rep. Pat Sheehan (R) $438,000
House District 30 (Hillsboro and North Plains): $1.079 million
Joe Gallegos (D) $581,000 (winner 49 percent to 45 percent)
Rep. Shawn Lindsay (R) $498,000
House District 37 (West Linn and Tualatin): $896,000
Carl Hosticka (D) $538,000
Rep. Julie Parrish (R) $358,000 (winner 51 percent to 47 percent)
One other note: Incumbent Rep. Shawn Lindsay (R-Hillsboro) lost to newcomer Joe Gallegos by 966 votes in House District 30, a margin smaller than the 1,257 votes claimed by Libertarian candidate Kyle Markley in that race.