Kevin Mannix, Take Five
You can criticize Kevin Mannix for stubbornness or credit him with sticktoitiveness. Mannix was an Oregon state representative when he ran for Attorney General in 1996, ...
You can criticize Kevin Mannix for stubbornness or credit him with sticktoitiveness.
Mannix was an Oregon state representative when he ran for Attorney General in 1996, losing in the Democratic primary to Hardy Myers. Afterwards, he became a Republican and was appointed to the State Senate. He ran for attorney general again in 2000, only to lose 50%-46% to Myers.
He was the Republican nominee for governor in 2002 and nearly won, losing 49%-46% to Ted Kulongoski. He hoped to challenge Kulongoski in 2006, only to finish second in the Republican primary.
So, Mannix is stuck in a strange purgatory, always losing, but always coming close enough to victory that he has hope that the next election will be his breakthrough.
Now he's back, again, running in a close race for the Republican nomination for Congress in the 5th district -- a seat that's expected to be a toss-up in November. A recent poll showed Mannix trailing his Republican rival by 8%, although since that poll his opponent has been in a fair amount of trouble.
Who knows, this could be the one.
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