Chris Dudley Concedes Oregon Governor Race

Oregon Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber makes remarks during an election night party Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) AP Photo

Republican Chris Dudley has conceded the race for governor to Democrat John Kitzhaber.

Dudley, a former NBA player and financial adviser, rode a wave of voter animosity toward Democrats and a pledge to create jobs to give Kitzhaber a close race.

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Kitzhaber trailed early, but made up ground in Multnomah County, where Kitzhaber was heavily favored among the large Democratic majority in Portland.

The former two-term governor Kitzhaber and the political rookie Dudley have spent a combined total of at least $15 million on their campaigns this year.
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