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'Undecided' leads in Portland mayor's race

'Undecided' leads in Portland mayor's race
From left to right, Portland mayoral candidates, Jefferson Smith, Charlie Hales and Eileen Brady.
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PORTLAND, Ore. – With 11 weeks still left until the May 15 primary, a SurveyUSA/KATU News poll released Monday indicates the Portland mayor's race is still wide open.

In the poll, New Seasons co-founder Eileen Brady leads the more than 20 people who are vying for Portland mayor but a large number of voters still haven't made up their mind. 

While the poll found that 25 percent of respondents favored Brady, it also found that 28 percent of those surveyed still hadn't decided which candidate would get their vote.

Former City Commissioner Charlie Hales garnered 16 percent of the vote while current state Rep. Jefferson Smith got 10 percent.

Not far behind Smith was environmental activist Tre Arrow who declared he was running for mayor just last week. He got 7 percent in the poll, which had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percent.

Other mayoral candidates, real estate broker Bill Dant and college student Max Brumm got 3 percent and 2 percent, respectively.

The poll also found that 45 percent of the respondents said the top issue was the economy and 25 percent said it was education.

SurveyUSA called 940 adults in the city of Portland between Feb. 23 and Feb. 26. Out of that number, 555 people were determined by SurveyUSA to be registered to vote and likely to cast a ballot in the primary.

If no one gets more than 50 percent of the vote in May, a runoff will be held in November between the top two primary finishers.

The candidates are running to replace current mayor, Sam Adams, who said last summer he wouldn't seek a second term.

Hales and Smith have both been interviewed on KATU's political show "Your Voice, Your Vote." Brady will be interviewed this week for Sunday's 9 a.m. show.

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