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Because of a change in Oregon election laws, official final numbers might not be known for several days.

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Early leads: Metro President Lynn Peterson, left, and Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty had good nights in their bids for re-election on Tuesday.Ballots are still being counted in local, county, regional and statewide May primary election races.

But there's a twist for this election season: Under a new state law, ballots mailed on election day count. So Oregonians might know all winners before the weekend, or perhaps longer.

As of Wednesday, results so far include:


In the Democratic and Republican races for governor: Tina Kotek and Christine Drazan jump to early leads.

• Voters in new 6th District are favoring Democrat Andrea Salinas and Republican Mike Erickson.

• Rep. Schrader is trailing — but with a lot of votes yet to be counted — in bid to retain his 5th District seat

• In the races for Portland City Hall: Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty could be forced into run-off, prompting sparring among the potential candidates, whileCommissioner Dan Ryan has been re-elected.

Jessica Vega Pederson is currently ahead in the race for Multnomah County chair.

Metro President Lynn Peterson appears headed for reelection, while incumbents easily win Metro council and auditor seats.

• Nicole Morrisey O'Donnell has been elected Multnomah County Sheriff.


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