Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Dudley
will meet reporters at 7:15 in downtown Lake Oswego, where he will issue a statement. Dudley has led his opponent, Democrat John Kitzhaber
nearly since results began being released at 8 pm last night but the large number of Democratic ballots remaining to be counted in Multnomah County make a Kitzhaber victory virtually certain. The Oregonian
and Portland pollster Tim Hibbits called the race for Kitzhaber this afternoon.
Dudley's spokesman, Jake Suski, would not say what the content of Dudley's statement will be, but based on the trends, it appears Dudley will concede
and Kitzhaber will win by about 15,000 votes.
at 7:55 pm with the statement Dudley
issued this evening:
As you may know, the election has been called for John Kitzhaber. This evening, I called to congratulate him on his victory. With the election behind us, he has my best wishes.
I have been on the winning team and the losing team many times in my life, and I know that one is much better than the other. Yet, despite the fact that we had hoped for a different result, I stand before you today with a heart full of gratitude.
Gratitude for all that life has blessed me with: my family, my wife Chris and our kids Charles, Emma and Sam. And gratitude for all those who supported me with your contributions, your prayers and your votes. Every day I drew strength from your grit and determination to win this race.
This was a very close election. The message from voters is that they want those in elected office - Republican and Democrat - to work together to move our state forward; Oregon must finally get its fiscal house in order. Oregon must improve the climate for business and job creation. And Oregon must not tolerate our schools continuing to fall behind.
As for my future plans, I plan to get back to the things that matter most to me in life: my family, my kids, my friends, my work and my foundation.
Thank you to everyone who voted for me, who donated to our campaign and who worked so hard to come so close. I will never forget and will never be able to repay the honor you've given me the past year. Thank you and God bless.