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Most money, media attention flows to few candidates, but many are running for governor

SALEM – When Oregon’s registered Democrats and Republicans receive their primary ballots this spring, they’ll likely see about a dozen candidates for governor.

Chances are, they’ll only recognize a few of the names. 

With nearly four months to go before the primary election, candidates have already fallen into two groups. There are the frontrunners, those with high-profile backgrounds or access to money and political connections that allow them to garner headlines and blanket the state with ads. 

Former state House Speaker Tina Kotek of Portland and state Treasurer Tobias Read from Beaverton lead the Democratic slate. Former New York Times columnist Nick Kristof, who was disqualified by the Secretary of State’s Office over his residency, remains in a legal battle to secure a place on the ballot.

Republicans have a longer list of . . .