Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Triumphs Over Republican Knute Buehler

November 13, 2018 / Sabrina Balderama

Willamette Week

By Nigel Jaquiss

November 6, 2018

Despite a massive infusion of Nike co-founder Phil Knight's money and a relentless effort to convince voters he's a moderate, Republican nominee for governor and state Rep. Knute Buehler (R-Bend) appears to be falling short in his effort to unseat incumbent Gov. Kate Brown (D-Oregon).

The first release of numbers at 8 pm showed Brown with a commanding, nearly 11 percentage-point lead with almost one million votes counted. Given that Democrats tend to do better as election nights wear on, and about half the likely votes are counted, it will be very difficult for Buehler to catch up.

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