Kulongoski and Saxton, limping off to November
Bruised by negative campaigns, the nominees for Oregon
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
...Yes, Democrat Ted Kulongoski and Republican Ron Saxton ran away with the major party nominations. But Kulongoski and Saxton ought to be considered survivors, not winners, of an ugly little election marred by negative campaigning and one of the lowest turnouts recorded in any major election in Oregon history.
In fact, you could read the early returns of this bitter campaign and clearly identify only one obvious winner, a candidate whose name wasn't even on the ballot: Ben Westlund, the Tumalo state senator mounting an independent campaign for governor. ... more