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Story updated at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, May 20.

Based on unofficial returns in the Oregon primary, challenger John Herzog and incumbent Sue Gold were the top-two vote-getters in the Curry County Commissioner, Position 2 race.

Herzog (37.82 percent) leads Gold (37.68) by 10 votes. Herzog has 2,863 votes. Shelia Megson (24.11 percent) is third with 1,825 votes. Herzog's lead was 18 votes when the first round of results was posted shortly after polls closed.

If no candidate in the commissioner's race gets more than 50 percent of the votes, the top two vote-getters will face each other in the November general election.

Nearly every other local race on the ballot featured candidates running unopposed — Curry County Commissioner, Position 3 Court Boice (incumbent); Curry County Assessor Jim Kolen (incumbent); and Curry County District Attorney Joshua Spansail.

Boice (83.35 percent) received 5,341 votes with 1,067 votes (16.65 percent) going to write-ins. Dennis Triglia mounted a write-in campaign against Boice. It was not known how many of the write-in votes were for Triglia.

Voter turnout in Curry County was at 46.77 percent with 8,548 votes received. The county has 18,277 eligible voters. Statewide voter turnout was 45.88 percent.

In the race for State Representative, 1st District Calla Felicity ran unopposed on the Democrat's side and incumbent David Brock Smith was unopposed on the Republican's side. The two will face each other in November.

Incumbent Republican State Sen. Dallas Heard was unopposed and will likely face Democrat Kat Stone who with 66.81 percent of the vote was leading Les Goodrich.

Elsewhere, former Vice President Joe Biden won Oregon’s presidential primary Tuesday, the latest victory on his march to the Democratic 2020 nomination.

The race was called by the Associated Press minutes after polls closed at 8 p.m. Biden won with roughly 70 percent of the vote with just over 40 percent of precincts reporting.

Biden will take the lion’s share of Oregon’s 61 pledged delegates after besting Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Incumbent Democrat U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley was unopposed and in November may face Republican Jo Rae Perkins, who had 45.43 percent of the primary vote.

U.S. House of Rep. 4th District incumbent Democrat Pete DeFazio (83.75 percent) had a sizable lead over the challenger and was in a position to face Republican Alek Skarlatos, who had 88.02 percent of the votes, come November.

Tuesday’s contest was conducted entirely by mail. Oregon established vote-by-mail as the standard mechanism for voting in the state in 1998 after passing a citizen’s initiative.


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