Gov. Kate Brown, Democratic incumbent, Patrick Starnes, Independent Party candidate for governor, and KATU anchor Debora Knapp at the station's studio Tuesday after Starnes decided to endorse Brown. (Oregon Capital Bureau/Paris Achen)
On Sunday evening, Patrick Starnes, a cabinet maker and would-be governor, hit “send” on his home computer, dispatching an email that triggered events that would jolt Oregon’s close governor’s race.
Within 48 hours, he abandoned his long-shot bid for office, lined up behind Gov. Kate . . .