I haven't figured out a larger societal principle from comparing Governor Kitzhaber's election results today with those of the marijuana measure, but I think there's something interesting lurking in the data. Measured by percentages, the Governor outpolled legal weed by a noticeable margin only in ultra-conservative Wheeler County. Marijuana outpolled Dr. Kitzhaber by a consistent margin in most of our other counties, and by 10 points or more in six conservative counties around the east and south edges of the state: Baker, Curry, Harney, Josephine, Klamath, and Lake. I understand the appeal of legal marijuana in Curry and Josephine Counties, where the stuff is said to grow well and may be the largest cash crop in the area, but I don't have a theory for why the marijuana measure outpolled the governor in Baker, Harney, Klamath, and Lake Counties. It may be that the good voters of those four counties believed that four years of a Dennis Richardson administration would be easier to take with a toke.