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Tina Kotek has been declared the winner of the Oregon governor’s race, meaning that two states have elected out lesbian governors.The Oregonian, the state’s largest newspaper, called the race for Kotek Wednesday morning.
Kotek, a Democrat, had been in a close race with Republican Christine Drazan to succeed term-limited Gov. Kate Brown, also a Dem and the nation’s first out bisexual governor.
Kotek and Maura Healey of Massachusetts will be the first lesbian governors in the U.S.Kotek’s victory “was a hard-fought and expensive win by Democrats, who have a huge party registration advantage in Oregon but faced strong headwinds this year amid voter frustration at problems including homelessness, violent crime and lackluster delivery of government programs and services,” The Oregonian notes.
There was also an independent candidate in the race, former Democratic state legislator Betsy Johnson, but she finished far out of the running.