May 18th, 2010 5:33 pm | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, City Hall, Multnomah County, Legislature

Oregon Elections Results (UPDATED)


The first local and statewide elections results are in for the Oregon primary. Here are the highlights:

In the Democratic gubernatorial primary, ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber crushing former Secretary of State Bill Bradbury.

The race is much closer in the Republican gubernatorial primary. And very early returns have ex-Trail Blazer Chris Dudley leading Allen Alley 41 36 percent to 31 34 percent (sorta like an NBA game with the lead changes) , with The Oregonian and OPB calling it for Dudley, whose primary ads already started to focus on Kitzhaber for calling Oregon "ungovernable." have Allen Alley leading Ex-Trail Blazer Chris Dudley 38 percent to 31 percent. Unsurprisingly, initative-ista Bill Sizemore and former state Sen. John Lim are far behind.

Locally, city Commissioner Dan Saltzman,who had a tumultuous week in the run-up to his re-election bid, had about 55 percent of the vote in the first returns. He needs to get more than half the votes in the nine-candidate field if he hopes to avoid a November runoff with the second-place finisher. Initial returns had Mary Volm in second with about 13 percent. Publicly financed candidate Jesse Cornett is a disappointing third fourth with less than 7 percent of the vote.

"I'm thrilled," Saltzman said.

Less thrilled were the folks at the Cornett party:

Jesse Cornett election night party

In the free-for-all that is the eight-way race for the Multnomah County Commission seat representing north and northeast Portland, Karol Collymore and Loretta Smith are the early leaders, with about 33 percent and 18 percent respectively. The top two finishers advance to the general election in November.

Keep checking here for general election updates. We'll also have updates throughout the night in separate posts from some of the best election parties.

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