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EDITORIAL: Urban-rural divide poses political challenges for Malheur County

We doubt anyone in Malheur County is surprised that local election results don’t mirror the state totals. Voters here by a big margin backed Republican Knute Buehler in his failed bid for governor. On four of five ballot measures, Malheur County voters chose differently than the state as a whole. What now?

The frustration over the so-called rural-urban divide is understandable. On the face of it, vast swaths of Oregon vote differently than urban centers. But elections aren’t won by who controls the most geography. They are won by a majority . . .