Although the tallies from yesterday's election are not official yet, Measure 26-152, Metro's five-year, $50 million open spaces levy is passing by a 54 percent to 46 percent margin.
That's a good result for a campaign that struggled to raise money and, according to campaign manager Stacey Dycus, started off with poor polling numbers.
The results in Multnomah County—59 percent to 42 percent in favor—are not surprising. But the measure's weakness in Washington County—where it is narrowly passing 51 percent to 49 percent—is a little surprising. In recent election cycles, Washington County has grown increasingly blue, but not in this case.
The other surprise is that Clackamas County voters are only rejecting the new tax by a slim 52 percent to 48 percent margin. Metro, which does land-use planning for the region, has come under heavy fire in Clackamas County in the past couple of years, taking more criticism than just about any subject other than light rail.
Unaccountably, none of Metro's critics bothered to file a voters' pamphlet statement in Clackamas County opposing the measure.