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Charlie Hales on being elected Portland mayor: 'It's a real validation'

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Charlie Hales is set to be the next mayor of Portland.

Fox 12 analyst Tim Hibbitts projected Hales to win in a "landslide" over Jefferson Smith in Tuesday's election. Hibbitts made the call right after the local polls closed at 8 p.m.

"It's a real validation that grass root politics and a strong message of basic services, schools and working on the combination of the police bureau's culture and the difficulties we've had with mental illness on the streets, those are the things people wanted to hear from a mayor's campaign and we delivered it," Hales said.

Hales said Wednesday he was planning to thank a lot of people and, "get some sleep." He also said he planned to meet with current Portland Mayor Sam Adams.

Smith's campaign was plagued by questions surrounding a 1993 Eugene police report that said he punched a woman at a party, causing her to get stitches.

Smith called a press conference to address the issue, saying he pushed the woman away to protect himself, but a police report from the incident said he struck the woman with a closed fist.

The Portland Police Association and the Portland Firefighters Association pulled their endorsement from Smith after more information was released about the incident.

"Obviously more things that can be done and said nice about me, the more votes I'd probably get. The more things that aren't, the fewer votes," Smith said Tuesday night. "But I don't think it was any particular single thing, but ultimately Charlie and his team ran a very strong campaign. The credit needs to go to them."

Hales, 56, spent 10 years as a Portland city commissioner until 2002. He launched a political comeback when current Mayor Sam Adams decided not to seek a second term.

Copyright 2012 KPTV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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