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Buehler visits Bipartisan Café, a symbol of his platform

The Republican must attract independents, nonaffiliated voters and some Democrats to unseat Gov. Kate Brown

TWITTER - Rep. Knute Buehler, GOP nominee for governor, tweets out a photo of himself at Portland's Bipartisan Cafe June 12, 2018.Rep. Knute Buehler, GOP nominee for governor, visited Portland's Bipartisan Café June 12 as part of his campaign to unseat Democratic Gov. Kate Brown.

The café in Portland's Montavilla neighborhood could very well be a symbol of Buehler's uphill task in the general election, winning voters who are neither Republican nor Democrat.

Since winning election to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2014, Buehler has supported multiple pieces of bipartisan legislation. He is a Republican in a majority Democratic legislative district.

Political analysts have described him as a moderate who could have broad appeal even to some of Oregon's liberal bastions. But his party registration could be the greatest barrier to the governor's office: Oregon is decidedly liberal.

The Bipartisan Café features humorous décor such as bathrooms labeled with a donkey and an elephant and vintage Oregon political posters and a delectable array of pastries, bagels and coffee.