The fight for Oregon's top education job remained undecided today, with incumbent Susan Castillo maintaining a tight lead over Grants Pass legislator Ron Maurer.

The fight for Oregon's top education job remained undecided today, with incumbent Susan Castillo maintaining a tight lead over Grants Pass legislator Ron Maurer.

Castillo had 349,119 votes to Maurer's 346,290, a 2,829-vote edge. She needs only 50 percent plus one vote to retain her job and currently has about 300 votes more than 50 percent.

About 7,000 contested ballots around the state are still to be processed.

An automatic recount is required if the difference in votes between candidates is 1/5 of 1 percent, or about 1,400.

"We don't know what is going to happen," said Don Hamilton, spokesman for the Oregon Secretary of State's Office. "It's very close."

— Damian Mann