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The Latest: Republican Richardson wins secretary of state

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Kate Brown speaking to a crowd in Portland after being elected Governor of Oregon. (KPTV) Kate Brown speaking to a crowd in Portland after being elected Governor of Oregon. (KPTV)

The Latest on the Oregon election (all times local):

11:50 p.m.

Republican Dennis Richardson has defeated Democrat Brad Avakian in the Oregon secretary of state race, the first time a GOP candidate has won a statewide race in 14 years.

Partial returns show Richardson narrowly defeated Avakian, who is the state labor commissioner.

Republicans hadn't won a statewide election since 2002, when Gordon Smith was elected to the U.S. Senate. The GOP hasn't won the governor's office since 1982.  And the last Republican secretary of state was Norma Paulus, who held the position in the 1980s.

10:50 p.m.

Democrat Hillary Clinton found strong support in Oregon among women, younger voters, minorities and those with college degrees.

Preliminary exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research showed Clinton won over women by a large margin, while Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump carried white men and those with a high school education level or less.

Trump and Clinton split the vote among men, those making less than $50,000 a year, and independents. Among independent voters, women favored Clinton, while men went for Trump.

Oregon voters have not chosen a Republican for president since 1984.

The survey of Oregon voters was conducted for AP and the television networks by Edison Research. This includes preliminary results from a survey of 1,169 voters who voted early or absentee and were interviewed by landline or cellular telephone from Oct. 29 through Nov. 4. Results for the full sample were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points; it is higher for subgroups.

10:20 p.m.

Republican Dennis Richardson is holding a slim lead over Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian but there were still many votes to be counted, including from Multnomah County.

Richardson and Avakian are veteran politicians. In 2003, both came to the state House as freshmen lawmakers. Avakian has been labor commissioner since 2008. Richardson challenged John Kitzhaber and lost to him in the 2014 gubernatorial race.

10 p.m.

Most Oregon voters cast ballots for Hillary Clinton.

The Democratic nominee took the state's seven electoral votes. With most votes counted, Clinton had a comfortable lead over Republican Donald Trump. Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein were both in the single digits.

9:50 p.m.

Democratic incumbent Ellen Rosenblum has retained her seat as attorney general.  Rosenblum, the first woman to hold the position, defeated Republican Daniel Zene Crowe.

9:20 p.m.

A measure that will use state funding to try to boost Oregon's high school graduation rate, which is among the worst in the nation, has passed.

Measure 98 calls for the Legislature to budget $800 for every Oregon high school student, or about $150 million each year, for programs that are known to improve graduation rates.

The measure won't raise taxes and doesn't have a funding source.

Critics worry about paying for the programs if state revenues fail to meet expectations.

Measure 94, which would have amended the state constitution to lift a ban on state judges serving beyond age 75, has failed.

The measure had no organized opposition.

9 p.m.

Oregon voters have rejected a measure that would require corporations with at least $25 million in Oregon sales to pay more in tax to help fund education and other services.

Opponents and supporters of Measure 97 battled bitterly during a campaign in which the two sides raised about $25 million.

Backers of the measure said big corporations based out of state needed to pay more to help pay for education and other services in Oregon.

Opponents said Measure 97 would also hurt Oregon companies and that it would raise costs that would be passed onto consumers

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

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.

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

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.

8:25 p.m.

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

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.

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.

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."

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 that lets you see if your ballot has been received.

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