Hillary Clinton edged out Barack Obama in the nationwide Super Tuesday primaries, but she got clobbered in Deschutes County.
In the contest for the Democratic nomination to run against Republican Sen. Gordon Smith, the candidate generally regarded as the establishment choice fared better. Oregon House Speaker Jeff Merkley got 71% of the vote, trailed by Portland progressive activist Steve Novick with 23%, David Loera with 3% and Candy Neville with zilch.
In the race among four Democratic state senators for the Oregon Secretary of State nomination, Kate Brown led with 52%, followed by Brad Avakian with 34%, Vicki Walker with 9%, and Rick Metsger trailing with 5%. In the contest for attorney general it was John Kroger with 77%, state Rep. Greg McPherson with 23%.