Skip to comments.Oregon Primary Results
Posted on 05/21/2002 9:13:32 PM PDT by Salvation
Mannix winning 35%
|Estimated percentage of vote counted:||79%|
BTW, did Gordon Smith have a primary race?
|Estimated percentage of vote counted:||83%|
Mannix, Kulongoski ahead
PORTLAND - By BRAD CAIN
Associated Press Writer
Republican Kevin Mannix jumped out to a slim early lead over Ron Saxton Tuesday in the hard-fought Republican governor's race in which the GOP's social conservatives appeared to be putting Mannix over the top.
With 55 percent of the votes counted, Mannix, a former legislator, had garnered 34 percent of the vote to 30 percent for Saxton, a Portland attorney and former Portland school board member. State Labor Commissioner Jack Roberts was trailing with 29 percent.
In the Democratic race, former Supreme Court Justice Ted Kulongoski held a comfortable lead over former Multnomah County chairwoman Bev Stein and former state Treasurer Jim Hill.
Kulongoski was leading with 50 percent of the vote to Hill's 25 percent and Stein's 22 percent.
The national Democratic and Republican parties are closely watching the Oregon gubernatorial race, one of 36 across the country.
In the Republican race, Mannix and Saxton were neck-in-neck in the polls in the campaign's final days, with both leading Roberts.
Mannix was able to pull even with Saxton in the polls in part because of social conservatives' threats to back a third-party spoiler candidate against Saxton in the fall.
Mannix ran as a populist Republican, though over the years he's been at odds with trial lawyers, gay rights activists and pro-abortion rights groups for pushing a pro-traditional-family, get-tough-on-crime agenda.
Saxton began the race as the lesser known of the three, with his years on the Portland School Board serving as his only public office experience.
Saxton tried to use that to his advantage, saying he's the only contender who's not a "career politician," and that he's the only one seriously talking about reducing the cost of the public employee retirement system.
Roberts promoted himself as the GOP candidate with the best chance of winning back the governor's office for Republicans for the first time in 20 years. Roberts, a political moderate, has served two terms as state labor commissioner.
On the Democratic side, Kulongoski gained momentum early on with the endorsement of the popular Kitzhaber and with the backing of the Oregon AFL-CIO.
Kulongoski, who ran for governor in 1982, said his 20 years in statewide politics gave him the experience the next governor will need to lead the state out of its current economic doldrums.
Stein, a former state legislator, said the strong grassroots campaign network she put together around Oregon demonstrated her ability to pull people together on such issues as finding a new revenue source for schools.
Hill, the first black to win statewide office in Oregon, said his tenure as the state treasurer gave him the fiscal experience that the next governor will need.
(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
May-22-2002 09:20 AM Pacific Daylight Time
|Estimated percentage of vote counted:||95%|