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Oregon primary election 2018 results: Republican governor primary

Knute Buehler, Greg Wooldridge, and others battle to take on Gov. Kate Brown.

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Andrew Prokop is a senior politics correspondent at Vox, covering the White House, elections, and political scandals and investigations. He’s worked at Vox since the site’s launch in 2014, and before that, he worked as a research assistant at the New Yorker’s Washington, DC, bureau.

In the Oregon primary election, Republican voters will choose their nominee to take on the incumbent Democratic governor, Kate Brown. Oregon is a vote-by-mail state, and for ballots to count, they must be received by the elections office by 8 pm local time. Live results are below:

After Oregon’s Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned amid a corruption and influence-peddling scandal involving his fiancée, Brown succeeded to the job and won a 2016 special election to serve the rest of his term. But her approval rating isn’t great, and the state continues to face budget problems.

For the Republican nomination, state Rep. Knute Buehler has been viewed as the frontrunner for some time. But the Oregon Statesman Journal recently wrote that the primary looks tighter than expected, with retired Navy Capt. Greg Wooldridge and businessman Sam Carpenter among the other candidates in the hunt and attacking Buehler as being too moderate.

Republicans hope that after 32 straight years of Democratic governors, Oregon is ready for a change. But that could well be a heavy lift when President Trump is so unpopular in the blue state.

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