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Big Win in Independent Party Primary
Voter Turnout Efforts Lead to Victories in Key Contests
Contact: Tom Powers
PORTLAND--Earlier this morning, the Independent Party of Oregon released the results of their monthlong primary election. Final results show that Senate Democratic candidates won in races across Oregon by large margins, fueling momentum for their campaigns to win the general election in November.
Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson (D-Gresham) bested her Republican opponent by a margin of nearly 3 to 1. House Speaker Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay) prevailed over his Republican opponent in Senate District by a ratio of 3 to 2. Senator Mark Hass (D-Raleigh Hills) also won his primary contest against tow truck company owner Gary Coe.
"Each of our campaigns seeking the Independent Party nomination launched a huge voter outreach effort to persuade independent voters and ensure that they cast a ballot in the primary," said Tom Powers of the Senate Democratic Leadership Fund. "Our candidates clearly have great positive messages that resonate with independent voters".
Over 650 Independent Party voters from across Oregon participated in their party's nomination process this year. The party claims that they had contested races in "9 of what are expected to be the 11 closest races for the Oregon Legislature" and that the Independent Party nomination "can mean the difference between winning and losing that election."
"This was one of the first opportunities for undecided, independent voters to pick sides in the 2012 election. By and large, these Oregonians decided that Senate Democrats have the right plan to put people back to work and prioritize critical state services," said Powers. "Our candidates will continue to campaign hard to make sure their message is heard."