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Oregon governor: 'I am profoundly concerned about the future of our country'

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One day after winning the race to remain Oregon's governor, Gov. Kate Brown addressed the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president.

"As a human being, I can only say that I am profoundly concerned about the future of our country. In the wake of this divisive election, the President-Elect's first task should be to unite our country and preserve the ideals that truly make it great - including justice and equal rights for all people," Brown said in a prepared statement.

Brown continued, "But as Governor of Oregon, it is clear to me that we must focus our efforts on coming together to make Oregon the best it can be."

Brown defeated Republican Bud Pierce in Tuesday's election with 50 percent of the vote compared to 43 percent for Pierce.

The election for governor was to determine who would fill the remaining two years of former Gov. John Kitzhaber's term. Kitzhaber resigned in February 2015 amid influence-peddling allegations and Brown succeeded him.

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales also released a statement regarding election night, saying people need to reach out to "our immigrants and refugees who moved here because they believed this was a good and safe place, a land of opportunity."

"This is a bad day for our country, a sad day, in which the values of love and tolerance have been repudiated by the voters in the United States of America," Hales said. 

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