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Oregon state Sen. Betsy Johnson to launch independent campaign for governor

Moderate Democratic state Sen. Betsy Johnson will leave her party and run for governor as an independent, she told supporters Thursday afternoon. 

In an email obtained by the Oregon Capital Chronicle, Johnson described herself as offering a sensible alternative instead of forcing Oregon voters to choose between “another left-wing liberal promising more of the same or a right-wing Trump apologist.” 

While she must leave the Democratic Party by next March, she said she’ll maintain the values that first caused her to register as a Democrat. 

“Rest assured . . .