State Rep. Knute Buehler concedes the governor's race to Democrat Kate Brown less than an hour after balloting ended in Oregon. (Oregon Capital Bureau/Paris Achen)
Democrat Kate Brown appears to have won reelection to become Oregon governor, defeating Republican challenger Knute Buehler.
The Oregon Secretary of State’s office shortly after 8:20 p.m. showed that, after 1.3 million votes, Brown carried 50 percent of the votes, compared with Buehler’s 44 percent.
Brown’s victory would cap a year-long campaign that set a new state record for campaign funding. Her and Buehler combined to spend more than $30 million, according to the Secretary of State’s office.
Brown, the incumbent, first rose to the position in 2015 following the resignation of former Gov. John Kitzhaber. She . . .