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11/5/10: Chris Dudley ’87

It came down to the buzzer. But when the electoral contest finally ended Wednesday night, ex-NBAer Chris Dudley ’87 lost his Republican bid for governor of Oregon. The 6-foot-11-inch Dudley played center for the Portland Trail Blazers, then worked as a financial adviser—two careers that helped him raise a record $9 million for this campaign. “I believe it is a strength and not a weakness that I haven’t spent the last 30 years in politics,” he said in announcing his candidacy last year. But voters chose a career politician, former two-term Democratic governor John Kitzhaber. Noting the margin of less than 1 percent, Dudley observed: “I think the message coming from the voters, the mandate here, is for Republicans and Democrats to work together.”

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