Early polling suggests Wheeler will challenge Hales

State treasurer in even race for Portland mayor, still weighing run for governor.

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The Oregonian obtained polling results that indicate state treasurer Ted Wheeler is in an even race for Portland mayor Charlie Hales’ job.

Wheeler is still weighing a run for governor.

A sampling of 400 Portland voters in early May found that 31 percent would vote for Hales and 28 percent would vote for Wheeler, well within the 5 percent margin of error. Fully 41 percent weren’t sure whom they’d vote for.

Wheeler fared better than other possible challengers: House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, and City Commissioner Nick Fish, who stood 8 and 11 percentage points behind Hales, respectively. The poll, reviewed by The Oregonian/OregonLive, was conducted by a reputable firm and was independent of any specific campaign.

(SOURCE: OregonLive.com)


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