Oregon Public Broadcasting

Incumbent Portland commissioner Amanda Fritz is headed to a runoff in November against longtime legislator, Mary Nolan. Late Tuesday, the two were neck-and-neck at just over 44 percent each.

Three other candidates were claiming nearly twelve percent.

State Representative Nolan told OPB Tuesday night that the tight result showed that her campaign messages had resonated with voters.

Nolan said, "They want people who can get things done. They want progressives who know how to deliver results. And we delivered results for them that we're going to have a run-off, and we're going to deliver more results after November."

Incumbent Amanda Fritz says she's disappointed not to have won the race outright, but says recent polling suggested a runoff was likely.

Fritz said, "It certainly shows the influence of special interest money in politics, and it's a very different campaign from when I ran four years ago, when four other candidates had public campaign financing."

Both Fritz and Nolan say they like their chances in November, when there will be many more voters participating.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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