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Win, lose or draw: How results of the primary election stack up

PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Mayor Charlie Hales now stands to be second-guessed by Mayor-elect Ted Wheeler for the next seven months.The vote counts in the May 17 primary election show which side won and lost each race. But there were a lot more winners and losers behind the scenes, and a few draws, too.


- Kate Brown: Oregon’s Democratic governor not only won the primary, she also took a big step toward clinching the general election when Republicans nominated Salem doctor Bud Pierce as their nominee. Pierce brings a fresh face and outsider cachet, but his campaign has been largely self-funded, thus far. He’ll need more money to compete in the general, including corporate cash. His vanquished opponent, businessman Allen Alley, was far better connected in that world.

- DHM Research: The Portland polling firm conducted the most extensive survey released before the election for Oregon Public Broadcasting and FOX 12. Yes, the folks at DHM are scratching their heads over their one big miss: Their latest pre-election poll had Hillary Clinton far ahead of Bernie Sanders. But their team correctly called the Portland mayor’s race, Steve Novick’s Portland commissioner race, the GOP governor’s race, the Democrats’ secretary of state race, the city gas tax and Donald Trump’s victory.

- Sarah Iannarone and Ann Sanderson: Although both women lost their Portland City Council races, they created good impressions and showed they might have political futures if they run again.

- The Portland Business Alliance: The city’s Chamber of Commerce finally backed a mayoral candidate who won, Ted Wheeler.

- Metro and TriMet: Looking ahead, the elected regional government and transit agency are potential winners in the general election after two of their most vocal critics, Clackamas County Chair John Ludlow and Commissioner Tootie Smith, were forced into runoffs elections — with Ludlow in second place trailing Commissioner Jim Bernard.

- AvakianForGovernor.com and AvakianForSenate.com: Whoever has those domain names is a winner.


- Charlie Hales: With Wheeler winning the mayor’s race outright, Hales won’t be able to comment on the weather without the media running to him for a another opinion. Expect the second-guessing to continue until Wheeler takes office on Jan. 1.

- Yours truly: In a “Dewey Defeats Truman” moment, the Portland Tribune headlined that architect Stuart Emmons will face Commissioner Steve Novick in the general election. That was the case when the Thursday issue when to press, but businesswoman Chloe Eudaly pulled ahead of Emmons before the paper hit the stands.

- Oregon Fuels Association: For years the petroleum industry has prevented the Portland City Council from passing a street fee or gas tax by threatening to refer it to the ballot. Such a threat from their lobbyist Paul Romain once prompted then-Commissioner Sam Adams to have the council reconsider and defeat a street fee it already had passed. But Novick called their bluff, putting his proposed gas tax on the primary ballot and passing it with the support of a business-labor-safety-equity coalition he assembled (and backed with a $25,000 contribution from his re-election account).

- Doug Robertson: The longtime Douglas County commissioner wasn’t on the ballot. He’s not even in office any more. But Roy Rogers’ victory in Washington County puts Robertson’s modern-day record of 33 years of county service in jeopardy. Rogers, 68, will start his ninth four-year term in January.

- A Home for Everyone: The Portland-Gresham-Multnomah County affordable housing consortium will lose Jules Bailey as an executive committee member at the end of the year. Bailey had to give up his Multnomah County commission seat when he ran for Portland mayor, and his loss to state Treasurer Wheeler means he can’t fill that slot, either. Maybe he can serve as a citizen representative while looking for work.

- Mark Wiener: The political consultant for years has benefited from the perception that it’s hard to get elected to Portland City Hall without him. Mayors Charlie Hales and Sam Adams, for instance, relied on his political instincts to earn the city’s top job. This year, however, Wiener didn’t have a hand in the mayoral campaign, despite not being philosophically aligned with Wheeler. The consultant says he chose not to get involved, so he can’t be considered a loser. But it’s hard to think heightened scrutiny of Wiener’s new city lobbying practice hasn’t played a role. Whatever the reason, Portland’s new mayor-elect owes lobbyist/consultant Wiener absolutely nothing.


- Stacey Dycus: With Wiener on the sidelines, Dycus and her firm ProspectPDX was poised to fill his shoes by working on Bailey’s campaign for mayor and Novick’s re-election campaign. It was bad enough that Bailey lost, but, because Novick was forced into a runoff election, Dycus will have to register with the city under the new lobby reform rules pushed by Commissioner Nick Fish. And she’ll be the only one, too, because only those working officeholders have to register. On the other hand, Dycus also worked on the successful city gas tax campaign and helped pass the Milwaukie library levy.