Here's one West coast race we won't have to keep watching. Republican Chris Dudley has conceded the race to Gov. John Kitzhaber.

He said he called Kitzhaber and wished him well and congratulated him on a well-fought campaign....

"It's been an incredible experience for all of us."

He said he’d worry about why he didn’t win later. "We really haven’t had time to let the dust settle yet."

While he didn’t say he’d never run for governor again, he said he wasn’t going to worry about that for now when reporters asked him if he’d consider another run. He said he was proud of his campaign and the thousands of people who supported him.

Dudley took the lead Tuesday night and held onto it until Wednesday evening when votes from Democratic stronghold, Multnomah County, swung the election in Kitzhaber’s favor.

Kitzhaber will be the first governor in Oregon history to be elected to three terms.

He joins an illustrious few, including Idaho's Cecil Andrus who served four terms, western states Dems serving multiple terms. Kitzhaber hasn't yet made a statement, but the campaign has announced a media availability for tomorrow at 10:00, local time.

(H/T exlrrp)

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 08:14 PM PDT.

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