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Brown, Buehler turn to nonaffiliated voters as race finishes

With polls showing the two main gubernatorial candidates only a few percentage points away from victory, their campaigns are focused on winning votes from nonaffiliated and independent voters in the final days before Tuesday’s election.

The last-minute choices of those voters could determine the outcome of the race, political analysts said Thursday.

Nonaffiliated voters make up 32 percent of the state electorate. They are the second largest voting bloc after Democrats who make up 36 percent. When combined with independents, nonaffiliated voters outnumber Democrats.

As of Friday, 83 percent of nonaffiliated and 68 percent of independents still hadn’t returned their ballots, according to the Oregon Elections Division . . .