Christine Drazan falls short in her bid to turn liberal Oregon blue for the first time in 40 years

BREAKING Republican Christine Drazan falls just short in her bid to paint liberal Oregon red for the first time in 40 years; Democrat Tina Kotek will make history as one of the country’s first two openly lesbian governors

Christine Drazan failed in her bid to become Oregon’s first Republican governor-elect in 40 years on Thursday night, as the exciting race was called for opponent Tina Kotek.

Millions of dollars in support from Nike founder Phil Knight and the impact of a former Democrat running as an independent had given Drazan a combative shot at victory.

But with 86 percent of the vote counted, the Associated Press declared Kotek the winner, making her the second openly gay woman to be elected governor in the midterm elections.

The last time a Republican was elected governor was in 1982, and Kotek was always the favorite to succeed Democratic Governor Kate Brown, who was unable to run again due to term restrictions.

Republican Christine Drazan Opened A Small Lead In The Poll In The Closing Weeks Of Campaign

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Republican Christine Drazan opened a small lead in the poll in the final weeks of the campaign, but ultimately failed to beat Democratic nominee Tina Kotek for Oregon governor

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