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Democrat Jeff Merkley, a state legislator, defeated two-term Republican Sen. Gordon Smith by about 40,000 votes. Smith called Merkley to concede.

"This is the beginning of a transformational change for America," Merkley told supporters.

His win means Democrats will control 57 of the Senate's 100 seats, still short of a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority, which would enable them to leap Republican hurdles to their agenda more easily.

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I have seen nothing on this posted, so I have leaped in with all four feet. I noticed unhappiness with the slowness of vote counting in several races. We have been conditioned to want fast food and faster results.

Imagine living in the 1830's - not so long ago - days to do the counting was a norm, and weeks a possibility.

We still have several races cooking. I received an email that the Democratic Senate committee is weighing in the race in Georgia, and requesting donations.

Originally posted to la motocycliste on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 03:09 PM PST.

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