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Jacobs seals GOP primary victory for county commissioner position

Ron Jacobs won the Republican primary race this week, beating Jim Mendiola and incumbent Larry Wilson. (The Enterprise/File).

VALE – Former state water master Ron Jacobs will move on to the November general election after he clinched the top slot Tuesday in the Malheur County GOP primary election

Final, unofficial results released Wednesday night showed Jacobs won the race with 1,446 votes – or 38% of total votes – while fellow candidate Jim Mendiola finished the election with 1,342 votes, or 35%. Incumbent Larry Wilson collected 990 votes, or 26%.

Just 104 votes separated Jacobs from Mendiola.

“I thought it would be close,” said Jacobs.

Despite the loss, Mendiola said he was “pretty happy with it.”

“We didn’t win but we didn’t lose,” said Mendiola.

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