Oregon primary highlights key districts, statewide races

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon voters will choose candidates Tuesday to compete in the state’s general election, a primary contest that sees Democrats striving to consolidate power while Republicans hope to make gains.

Close races are anticipated especially in a number of legislative districts, including key seats in the state Senate, where Tuesday’s primary winners will go on to some of the closest races in the state.

And both Republicans and Democrats are watching the outcome of the gubernatorial primary as a bellwether for conservative Oregonians.