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Betsy Johnson's former seat appears to be flipping to Republicans, who have an even larger lead in Brad Witt's district.

COURTESY PHOTO - Suzanne WeberWhile it appears they'll fall short of winning majorities in the Legislature, Republicans appear to have flipped House and Senate seats long represented by Democrats in Columbia County.

At just after 11 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, Republican Suzanne Weber leads Senate District 16 by 55.4% over Melissa Busch with 44.5%.

Weber currently represents House District 32 and was mayor and a city councilor in Tillamook.

Appointed Democratic Sen. Rachel Armitage didn't run for a full term. Armitage was appointed after Betsy Johnson, who ran unsuccessfully for governor this year, resigned from the Senate in late 2021.

House District 31 is led by Republican Brian G. Stout with 58.5% of the vote over Democrat Anthony Sorace.

Stout is a graphics and printing production specialist and Republican precinct committee person in Columbia County, and Sorace, software and systems engineer and Columbia County Democratic Party chair.

Incumbent Democrat Brad Witt attempted to run for a House seat in Salem after redistricting made his district more Republican-friendly, but he lost in the primary.

The vote tally is unofficial and subject to change as more ballots are counted.

Senate District 16 also includes Clatsop County and parts of Tillamook, Washington, Yamhill and Multnomah counties.

House District 31 includes a small part of Multnomah County, as well as western Washington County and a sliver of Yamhill County.PMG PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Oregon House candidate Brian Stout rides in the 2022 North Plains Elephant Garlic Festival parade.


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