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Oregon governor’s race jostled by independent’s switch to back Brown

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 . . .