State Sen. Mark Hass (D-Beaverton) today issued a statement publicly conceding the Democratic nomination for secretary of state to his caucus mate, state Sen. Shemia Fagan (D-Portland).
The final result before the tiny percentage of challenged ballots is counted next week: Fagan, 36.13 percent; Hass, 35.57 percent; and Jamie McLeod-Skinner, 27.49 percent.
Hass posted his statement on Facebook.
“It was an extremely tight race. In the end, I lost in double overtime,” he wrote.
“I’m at peace. I kept my vow to run a positive campaign, heavy on ideas and substance, light on politics. This was important to me. It was a wild ride, with more twists and turns than a Spielberg movie. I congratulated Shemia—three days after she congratulated me,” Hass continued. “I wish her the best. I’m fortunate to count her and Jamie McLeod-Skinner as friends.