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Politics & Government

Hey Southern Oregon! Here are your 2022 primary election results

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Roman Battaglia
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JPR
An Ashland resident drops off her ballot at the Ashland Library on May 17, 2022.

Oregon counties are still processing ballots from Tuesday's mail-in election. Unofficial results from state and local elections will be updated daily. Certified results will be posted by June 13th.

Below is a list of the contested seats in Southern Oregon in the 2022 primary, in which two or more candidates are vying for the same office. Many races are uncontested and the candidates will automatically move on to the November general election.

Unofficial results as of 1:30 p.m. May 19, 2022

Governor

The AP has called the Democratic Oregon governor’s primary for Tina Kotek.

Kotek was speaker of the house in the Oregon House of Representatives since 2013, before stepping down this year to focus on the governor’s race. This has been the first open governor primary in Oregon since 1994, when John Kitzhaber won his first election.

Democratic candidates

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Republican candidates

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U.S. Senate

The AP has called the U.S. Senate Democratic primary for Ron Wyden.

Incumbent Ron Wyden enjoys fairly high approval ratings across the state, which reflected on his landslide victory in the Democratic primary. Oregon voters haven’t elected a Republican to the U.S. Senate since 2002.

Democratic candidates

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Republican candidates

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U.S. Representatives

2nd District

The AP has called the 2nd District U.S. Representative Republican primary for Cliff Bentz. An expected win for incumbent Bentz, it’s likely he’ll continue on to win the general election in November – his district is the only Republican U.S. Representative seat in the state.

Democratic candidates

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Republican candidates

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4th District

Val Hoyle won the 4th District U.S. Representative Democratic primary. Hoyle is running to replace Peter DeFazio in the 4th District, who announced his retirement last year. Hoyle is currently Oregon’s labor commissioner and served in the Oregon House of Representatives from 2010 to 2016. Hoyle faces Alek Skarlatos in the general election, who ran unopposed in the GOP primary.

Democratic candidates

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Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries
Nonpartisan

Christina E Stephenson had a commanding lead on Tuesday night as labor commissioner. She must earn more than 50% of the primary votes in order to avoid a run-off election with the second highest vote-getter in the general election.

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Southern Oregon ballot measures

10-185: Allowing county resources to incorporate Douglas County into the Idaho state border and be subject to Idaho’s laws. 
Shall county resources be used to incorporate Douglas County within Idaho State’s border and thereafter be subject to Idaho’s laws?

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18-121: Create a board to study the benefits of moving Klamath County’s border to within Idaho.
Should a Board be created to study state border relocation benefits for Klamath county citizens?

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17-106: Advisory question on becoming part of Idaho.
In your opinion, should Josephine County, along with other rural counties, separate from Oregon and become part of Idaho?

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State Senators

3rd District

Randy Sparacino took a commanding lead over Kevin Christman on Tuesday night. If he wins, Sparacino will face Democrat Jeff Golden who has served Southern Oregon since 2018.

Republican candidates

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