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Brown holds commanding lead in governor's race

Incumbent holding Buehler back, statewide measures are failing by wide margins.

Democrat Kate Brown appears to have won reelection to become Oregon governor, defeating Republican challenger Knute Buehler.

The Oregon Secretary of State's office shortly after 8:20 p.m. showed that, after 1.3 million votes, Brown carried 50 percent of the votes, compared with Buehler's 44 percent.

Brown's victory would cap a year-long campaign that set a new state record for campaign funding. Her and Buehler combined to spend more than $30 million, according to the Secretary of State's office.

Brown, the incumbent, first rose to the position in 2015 following the resignation of former Gov. John Kitzhaber. She then won reelection, against Republican Bud Pierce, in 2016.

Here's where the votes stand in statwide races after the first ballot tally.

GOVERNOR

Kate Brown (D) - 52.6% (554,513 votes)

Knute Buehler (R) - 41.8% (441,134 votes)

Patrick Starnes (I) - 2.6% (29,090 votes)

MEASURE 102 (Local bonds for affordable housing)

Yes - 57% (587,717 votes)

No - 43% (444,559 votes)

MEASURE 103 (Prohibiting grocery taxes)

Yes - 41% (423,753 votes)

No - 60% (621,527 votes)

MEASURE 104 -(Requiring three-fifths legislative majority for new fees or fee increases)

Yes - 33% (337,825 votes)

No - 67% (690,100 votes)

MEASURE 105 - (Repealing Oregon's sanctuary law)

Yes- 35% (369,513 votes)

No - 65% (674,560 votes)

MEASURE 106 - (Prohibiting public funds from being used for abortions)

Yes - 34% (355,001 votes)

No - 66% (692,693 votes)