PORTLAND — Oregonians narrowly chose former Portland Mayor Neil Goldschmidt as their new governor and sent Republican Bob Packwood back to the U.S. Senate for a fourth term.
Voters also overwhelmingly defeated ballot measures to legalize the possession and cultivation of marijuana for personal use and shut down the state's only nuclear power plant, the Trojan plant near Portland.
With 58% of the vote counted, Goldschmidt led Republican Norma Paulus by a 52-48% margin. He had 235,269 votes to Paulus' 217,454.
Goldschmidt, who served as President Jimmy Carter's transportation secretary, claimed victory at a party in downtown Portland, telling supporters "I look forward to serving the next four years as governor."