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Early results favor challengers in county commissioner race

VALE - Incumbent Malheur County Commissioner Larry Wilson trailed challengers Ron Jacobs and Jim Mendiola in the first results for the Republican primary for county commissioner position No. 2 Tuesday night.

The initial results, released by the Malheur County Clerk's Office at 9 p.m. showed Jacobs in the lead with 755 votes, about 37%, while Mendiola was in second place with 709 votes, about 35%. Wilson, a real estate agent seeking his third term, was a distant third with 566 votes, about 28%.

The race for the Malheur County Commissioner position No. 2 was the only crucial contested local race. The Republican winner will face Democrat Byron Shock in the general election. Shock is unopposed in his party's primary.

In the race for the Oregon's 2nd Congressional seat, local voters were solidly behind former state senator Cliff Bentz . . .