Gov. Brown holds off challenge from Pierce to keep seat

Gov. Kate Brown will keep her office for at least two more years after defeating Republican challenger Dr. Bud Pierce. (KPTV)

Democratic Governor Kate Brown will keep her office after defeating Republican Dr. Bud Pierce of Salem.

Taking the stage shortly after her race was called, Brown thanked her supporters, her friends and family.

She told FOX 12 she is very excited about winning this race but also said there's a lot of work that still needs to be done.

"I was cautiously optimistic going in,” Brown said. “I was pleased about our campaign, I just spoke to Dr. Pierce and Cliff Thomason. We ran an issues-based campaign and made a very clear choice for Oregon votes, and I'm very honored to have their endorsement tonight."

Pierce conceded the election about an hour after the polls closed but thanked his supporters for the opportunity to earn their votes.

He said he spoke with Brown and thanked her for being part of a civil campaign focused on the issues and thanked the people of Oregon.

“It is a tremendous honor to be one of the two people who had a legitimate chance of being governor of this great state,” Pierce said. ”Selma and I went out all over the state, and what I earned more than anything else was the quality of the people.”

Pierce also asked his supporters to now stand behind Brown, adding the governor has his support going forward.

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