Tom Cox was, in 2002, the nominee of the Libertarian Party of Oregon in the Governor’s race. He scored 5% of the vote in that race and is now running for the office of State Treasurer as a Republican. He has been endorsed by the state’s GOP organization as a write-in candidate, due to a quirk in the law.
But Cox says if the Democrat, in this case incumbent Ted Wheeler, were able to convince just enough friendly Republicans to write his name in on the ballot, the race would be over before it even began.
“That’s why the Republican Party of Oregon decided to do write-ins around specific candidates from the Republican Party”, Cox says.
He says a Democrat winning the Republican nomination wouldn’t be unprecedented. John Kroger pulled it off four years in his race for Attorney General.
Cox will need a majority of the votes in the write-in primary in order to appear on the ballot in the general election.