SALEM, Ore., May 16 (UPI) -- Mitt Romney won the Oregon Republican presidential primary, with 25 delegates to the nominating convention at stake, late returns indicated.
With 63 percent of precincts reporting, Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, had 73 percent of GOP votes cast, to 12 percent for U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, whose campaign has been suspended. Twenty-five delegates to the GOP nominating convention were at stake.
In an election that didn't feature much in the way of national political implications, Ellen Rosenblum appeared headed for an easy win over Dwight Holton in the Democratic primary for state attorney general. With 52 percent of the vote counted, Rosenblum led Holton 63 percent to 37 percent, The (Portland) Oregonian reported.
Rosenblum's campaign benefited from almost $200,000 in contributions from advocates for legalization of marijuana, the newspaper said. Rosenblum had promised on her campaign Web site she would make enforcement of marijuana laws "a low priority" and said she would "protect the rights of medical marijuana patients."
No one filed in the Republican primary for the office. The Oregonian said the winner of the Democratic primary could take office as soon as July 11, the day outgoing Attorney General John Kroger takes over as president of Reed College.
Incomplete returns showed Charlie Hales ahead of Jefferson Smith and Eileen Brady in the race for Portland mayor Tuesday in partial returns. The Oregonian project Hales would advance to the general election in the race to determine a successor to Mayor Sam Adams, whose retirement left the seat vacant.
Hales was not expected to get enough votes for an outright victory Tuesday, so he would face the second-place finisher in November.