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13 Feb 2016
14 Feb 2016
Challengers lead in Clackamas County
The two challengers were leading in the Clackamas County Commission races.
Light rail critic John Ludlow was ahead of incumbent Chair Charolette Lehan by a margin of 52 to 48 percent.
Former state Rep. Tootie Smith, another light rail critic, was leading incumbent Commissioner Jamie Damon by a similar margin.
The difference in vote was far more than the ballots handled by a temporary elections worker accused of altering some to favor Republican candidates. Although the commission seats are non-partisan, Ludlow and Smith are Republicans while Lehan and Damon are Democrats.