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Oregon governor race: Brown vs Buehler

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- Rep. Knute Buehler beat back challenges from Sam Carpenter -- the "Make Oregon Great Again" candidate -- in a 3-way primary race that also featured Greg Wooldridge, a retired Naval aviator who lives in Portland.

Gov. Kate Brown easily won the Democratic primary and will take on Buehler in the November 2018 election.

The race will be a rematch of the 2012 Secretary of State race, which Brown, the incumbent, won. When asked about the difference in the six years since, Brown said "I look forward to seeing him transform from critic to candidate. I look forward to seeing some plans -- any plans -- that he has for Oregon."

Below is the full interview from Brown after winning the Democratic Governor nomination

It didn't take long for Buehler to turn his attention back to Brown, whom he challenged to 10 debates before November's election.

"The change we all need has started with victory tonight," Buehler said. "And the road to a better Oregon begins tomorrow in earnest."

Rep. Knute Buehler and Sam Carpenter -- the "Make Oregon Great Again" candidate -- went head-to-head in a 3-way primary race that also featured Greg Wooldridge, a retired Naval aviator who lives in Portland. An early May poll by a Democratic polling firm showed Buehler and Carpenter in a tight race with Wooldridge trailing far behind.

Before the votes were tallied, Jim Moore, political science professor at Pacific University and director of the Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation, told the Portland Tribune, "This is surprising that it has become a race for Buehler. It's entirely because Buehler ran a campaign that didn't seem to pay attention to the Republican electorate and now is having to play catchup."

Carpenter questioned the accuracy of that poll, saying his internal polling showed he was ahead of Buehler.

In the latter stage of the primary, Buehler launched a new ad attacking Carpenter, a move that, political analysts said, showed Buehler realized he might be in trouble in the primary. The Bend orthopedic surgeon, who has served in the Oregon House of Representatives since 2014, previously had focused on defeating Gov. Kate Brown once he won the nomination.

Indeed, the winner of the Republican primary will face Kate Brown in November. 

Brown rose to the governor's chair after John Kitzhaber resigned a month into his 4th term in February 2015. She won the special election in November 2016 to fill the remainder of Kitzhaber's 4-year term. This November will be her first chance to win a 4-year term of her own.


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