Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleySenate Democrats push Trump to permanently shutter migrant detention facility Senate Dem seeks answers from DHS on reports of pregnant asylum seekers sent back to Mexico Schumer backs Pelosi as impeachment roils caucus MORE (D-Ore.) easily won a second term Tuesday, after what initially appeared to be a challenging race.

Merkley’s victory was announced just after polls closed at 11 p.m., finalizing his victory over Monica Wehby.


Wehby was originally seen as a tough challenger for Merkley. Republicans were eager to try and make grounds in a reliable Democratic state like Oregon and oust one of the Senate’s more liberal members, but a series of missteps for the pediatric neurosurgeon upended Wehby’s viability as a candidate.

Among those stumbles was the revelation that Wehby was accused of stalking a former boyfriend, and the race gradually dropped off the radar as noncompetitive.