Republican Primary In Linn, Marion Counties Still Too Close To Call

May 28, 2020

More than one week after the election, the results of a Republican legislative primary in parts of Linn and Marion County is still too close to call.

As of Thursday, Jami Cate holds a 17-vote lead over the current second-place finisher, Scott Sword. The winner of the GOP primary in House District 17 will face Democrat Paige Hook in November.

The Oregon Capitol in Salem.
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Cate’s lead over Sword has narrowed since Election Night, but it’s still not close enough to trigger an automatic recount. Oregon law requires a margin of less than one-fifth of one percent of the total votes earned by the top two candidates in a race in order for there to be a taxpayer-funded recount of the votes. Campaigns may elect to pay for a recount, although few opt for that.

The HD-17 race does not feature an incumbent. State Rep. Sherrie Sprenger, R-Scio, announced last year she would not seek re-election to the state legislature. Sprenger is running for a spot on the Linn County Commission. She was the top vote-getting in the May 19 Republican primary for that seat.