Democrat Tina Kotek wins Oregon governor’s race

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Tina Kotek has won election as Oregon’s next governor, extending Democratic control of the state’s top political office for at least four more years. Kotek joins Maura Healey of Massachusetts as the first openly lesbian elected governors in the United States. The former longtime speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives had faced a challenge from Republican Christine Drazan, who is also an ex-legislator. Former state Sen. Betsy Johnson was also a contender, having quit the Democratic Party to run as an unaffiliated candidate after getting enough signatures to land on the ballot.