Saturday, May 20, 2006

Oregon: Governor's race wide open; Westlund voters will determine outcome...

The Westlund Factor: A third choice for governor? By Melica Johnsonand KATU.com Web Staff ...The poll seemed to indicate Westlund could siphon votes away from Kulongoski, which may explain why 13 hours after Tuesday's primary, the governor and the Democratic Party fired volleys of attacks against Westlund accusing him of being "the other Republican candidate".
Westlund fired back on Friday. "The Democrats call me a Republican. The Republicans call me a Democrat. They don't get it. I'm an independent," he said. ....
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It’s Saxton vs. Kulongoski General election match-up sparks high interest in ag community Mitch LiesCapital PressMay 20, 2006 ...Pacific University political scientist Jim Moore also put Kulongoski as the early favorite, but said if Westlund qualifies for the ballot – he needs 18,000 signatures to get on the ballot – the governor’s seat is up for grabs.
“If Westlund makes a strong run, then all bets are off and it could be anybody’s race,” Moore said....
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