In the race for Oregon’s 11th House District, Democrat Marty Wilde bested Republican rival Mark Herbert.
By 10:30 Tuesday night, Herbert conceded that even with more votes left to count, the lead Wilde held was probably too great to overcome. Herbert says he and his rival championed many of the same issues.
“Education, dealing with homelessness, and things like that," says Herbert.
"So I think when it came down to it, the differences between Marty and I were really about our approach, rather than what the fundamental issues were.”
Herbert acknowledged the “Trump Factor” played into his defeat in reliably blue Oregon, despite being a moderate Republican.
Meanwhile, Marty Wilde told KLCC his immediate priorities.
“Ah, education, healthcare, and housing. That’s what the voters told me they wanted, and that’s what I hope to do.”
Both candidates were seeking to fill a vacancy left when Democrat Phil Barnhart chose not to run again after 17 years in office.
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