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Oregon election thread: Gov. Brown re-elected, defeats Pierce

 

8:45 p.m.

Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, has beaten her Republican opponent, Bud Pierce.

Brown's victory keeps her in the governor's job for another two years. She will be finishing the last two years of the term of Gov. John Kitzhaber, who quit in February 2015 because of an influence-peddling scandal swirling around him and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes.

Brown, the nation's first bisexual governor, took over for Kitzhaber because as secretary of state she was next in line.

There will be another gubernatorial election in 2018

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8:40 p.m.

Voters have approved a measure that would use a slice of Oregon Lottery proceeds to pay for outdoor school programs for children throughout the state.

Early voting showed wide support for Measure 99.

The measure calls for taking up to $22 million from the state lottery's economic development fund to send 50,000 fifth- or sixth-graders to Outdoor School each year.

Many school districts have had to scrap Outdoor School programs because of caps on property taxes and the recent recession.

Measure 99 is intended to ensure that Oregon kids don't miss out on an opportunity to learn about plants and animals, soil and water, and other aspects of the natural environment.

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8:35 p.m.

Voters have approved a measure that amends the state constitution to allow public universities to invest student tuition or state appropriations in the stock market.

Early voting shows broad support for Measure 95.

Oregon's constitution forbids state agencies, including the state's public universities, from playing the stock market.

Supporters of Measure 95 said allowing public universities to invest in equities would give them another tool for generating revenue.

The University of Oregon had asked state lawmakers to put Measure 95 on the ballot

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8:30 p.m.

Voters have approved a measure to dedicate a portion of Oregon Lottery revenue to improve services for the state's military veterans.

Early voting showed that Measure 96 was leading by a wide margin.

The measure calls for earmarking 1.5 percent of lottery proceeds for veterans’ services. That's nearly $19 million every two years.

The money would be used to help veterans access state and federal benefits, as well as for employment, education, housing, health care and treatment programs.

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8:25 p.m.

Democratic U.S. Reps. Peter DeFazio, Suzanne Bonamici and Earl Blumenauer have been re-elected to their seats in Congress.

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8:05 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden has handily defeated Republican challenger Mark Callahan to retain his seat.

The Democratic incumbent had also faced four other candidates from minor parties.

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3:55 p.m.

A Multnomah County Sheriff's Office corrections deputy is facing an internal investigation after allegedly broadcasting pro-Donald Trump sentiments from a department vehicle while driving past voters.

The Oregonian/OregonLive quotes a witness as saying 25 to 30 people were standing in line in downtown Portland to leave off their ballots on Tuesday when a sheriff's office car went by and the words “Vote Trump” came out of the car megaphone.

A spokesman for the sheriff's office, Lt. Chad Gaidos, said a corrections deputy is facing an internal investigation because of the alleged incident. He did not identify the corrections deputy.

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11:25 a.m.

Portland voters who waited until the last day to cast their ballots have been rewarded with an unseasonably warm and sunny day.

Voters have been steadily flowing into Pioneer Courthouse Square to cast their ballots. This being Portland, those interviewed tended to be Democrat and said the presidential race was their main motivation.

Christie Moore got the day off work to cast her ballot for Hillary Clinton, saying she's fearful for the future of the democracy if Donald Trump wins. The 41-year-old lamented that the political parties are so much more polarized than when she was young.

Josh Rushton also voted for Clinton. He expects the Democrat to prevail, but says he's concerned about where supporters of Trump will next channel their anger and frustration. He doubts Clinton will be able to unite the divided nation.

And should Trump win? Rushton said: “At that point, there's nothing to do but have a sense of humor and hope it's an interesting experiment.”

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6:45 a.m.

Election Day has finally arrived, and Oregonians have until 8 p.m. to vote on everything from local measures to the presidential race.

Oregon votes by mail, but it's much too late to submit a ballot in a mailbox. If you still need to turn in your ballot, do so at a county clerk's office or at an official drop box.

More than half of Oregon's 2.5 million registered voters have already cast ballots.

Want to make sure your vote didn't get lost in the mail? The Oregon Secretary of State's Office website has a page (http://bit.ly/1qReHnt ) that lets you see if your ballot has been received.

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