PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Kate Brown won re-election, declaring that Oregonians’ values of inclusiveness prevailed.
Brown noted that several female candidates had won governorships in the Tuesday elections, and that Oregon voters had rejected a ballot measure to repeal the state’s sanctuary status for immigrants.
Nike co-founder Phil Knight donated $2.5 million to Republican candidate Knute Buehler and $1 million to the Republican Governors Association, which supported Buehler, helping push the race to sky-high spending levels.
Brown was first appointed governor in February 2015 after Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned. She easily was elected in her own right in 2016 to finish out the term of Kitzhaber, who resigned amid accusations of influence peddling involving his fiancee.