Incumbent Ted Kulongoski will face Ron Saxton for Oregon Governor
Gov. Ted Kulongoski soundly defeated his two challengers for the Democratic nomination Tuesday and in November will face Portland lawyer Ron Saxton, who vanquished Kevin Mannix and Jason Atkinson.
With 40 percent of the ballots counted, Kulongoski had 54 percent percent of the vote, turning back a challenge by former State Treasurer Jim Hill, who got 30 percent, and Peter Sorenson, a Lane County Commissioner, who drew 17 percent.
Among the Republicans, Saxton had 43 percent of the vote to Mannix's 30 percent. Atkinson, a state senator from Central Point and the third major contender for the nomination, had 20 percent.
"We're going to win tonight," a confident Saxton told cheerings supporters who gathered at a downtown Portland hotel.
Mannix conceded defeat, and pledged to help Saxton in November.
"I will do my duty to help our nominee in November. It is so important for this state," said Mannix.