By News-Register staff • 

Pierce will take on Brown for Oregon governor

Salem oncologist will represent the Oregon Republican Party as candidate for governor after besting four primary challenges, most notably businessman Allen Alley. 

In the latest results, Pierce earned 159,393 votes, or 47.7 percent of the vote. Alley was in second with 96,842 votes, or 29 percent.

Pierce will face off against Gov. Kate Brown, who as expected cruised to the Democrat nomination.

After thanking friends, family and workers, Pierce was quick to go on the offensive Tuesday night during his victory speech, calling Brown "a failed leader" and "a puppet" for the Democratic Party and state politics. Oregon has not had a Republican governor since 1987.

Yamhill County voters favored Pierce slightly more than the rest of the state, giving him 5,573 votes, or 51.2 percent. Alley earned 3,178 votes, or 29.2 percent, in the county, followed by Bruce Cuff (1,212, 11.1 percent), Bob Niemeyer (823, 7.6 percent) and Bob Forthan (92, 0.9 percent).



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