Oregon Governor Race: Still too close as Kotek leads Drazan, Johnson concedes

Oregon Governor

UPDATE at 9 a.m. on Nov. 10, 2022: The race for the next Governor of Oregon, a three-way battle between Republican, Democrat and Independent candidates, is leaning in the favor of Tina Kotek (D-OR) based on the latest results.

Oregon Governor

Tina KotekChristine DrazanBetsy Johnson
  • Tina Kotek  D 47.0%
    737,048
  • Christine Drazan  R 44.2%
    692,814
  • Betsy Johnson  I 8.8%
    137,407
1,567,269
Last updated:

City of Boardman — Council Member, at Large

Roy Drago Jr.Karen R. Pettigrew
  • Roy Drago Jr. * NP 28.9%
    343
  • Karen R. Pettigrew  NP 27.7%
    328
  • Isaac Williams * NP 26.9%
    319
  • Jonathan Tallman  NP 16.5%
    196
* Incumbent
1,186
Last updated:

City of Umatilla Council, Pos. 3

Katie McMillanKristina 'Tina' Ridings
  • Katie McMillan  O 54.0%
    472
  • Kristina 'Tina' Ridings  O 46.0%
    402
874
Last updated:

City of Umatilla Council, Pos. 5

Dennis McMillanIan Coyle
  • Dennis McMillan  O 65.2%
    553
  • Ian Coyle  O 34.8%
    295
848
Last updated:

City of Umatilla Mayor

Caden SipeLyle Smith
  • Caden Sipe  O 60.0%
    559
  • Lyle Smith  O 40.0%
    372
931
Last updated:

City of Weston — Council

  • Greg Philips  O 39.4%
    156
  • Jennifer Lantz  O 35.9%
    142
  • Shawn D. Monaco  D 24.7%
    98
396
Last updated:

Commissioner for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries

Christina E. StephensonCheri Helt
  • Christina E. Stephenson  NP 60.8%
    697,732
  • Cheri Helt  NP 39.2%
    448,949
1,146,681
Last updated:

Oregon Ballot Measure 111: Amend Constitution to include affordable healthcare access

  • No   50.1%
    713,510
  • Yes   49.9%
    710,936
Last updated:

Oregon Ballot Measure 112: Amend Constitution to remove slavery, indentured servitude as punishment

  • Yes   54.8%
    782,909
  • No   45.2%
    645,472
Last updated:

Oregon Ballot Measure 113: Disqualify legislators with 10 unexcused absences

  • Yes   68.0%
    976,628
  • No   32.0%
    459,444
Last updated:

Oregon Ballot Measure 114: Require permit before purchasing firearm

  • Yes   50.7%
    740,889
  • No   49.3%
    719,541
Last updated:

Oregon Ballot Measure 25-88 (Requires Morrow Co. Commissioners to Discuss Shifting Border)

  • Yes   60.3%
    2,315
  • No   39.7%
    1,522
Last updated:

Oregon Ballot Measure 25-89 (Prohibit Psilocybin) — City of Irrigon

  • Yes   67.2%
    365
  • No   32.8%
    178
Last updated:

Oregon Ballot Measure 25-90 (Prohibit Psilocybin) — City of Boardman

  • Yes   60.3%
    356
  • No   39.7%
    234
Last updated:

Oregon Ballot Measure 25-91 (Prohibit Psilocybin) — Unincorporated Morrow County

  • Yes   65.0%
    2,504
  • No   35.0%
    1,347
Last updated:

Oregon Ballot Measure 25-92 (Prohibit Psilocybin) — City of Heppner

  • Yes   64.7%
    415
  • No   35.3%
    226
Last updated:

Oregon Ballot Measure 25-94 (Prohibit Psilocybin) — Town of Lexington

  • Yes   73.7%
    101
  • No   26.3%
    36
Last updated:

Oregon Ballot Measure 30-152 (Prohibit Psilocybin) — City of Umatilla

  • Yes   66.0%
    653
  • No   34.0%
    336
Last updated:

Oregon Ballot Measure 30-153 (Prohibit Psilocybin) — City of Hermiston

  • Yes   68.6%
    2,736
  • No   31.4%
    1,250
Last updated:

Oregon Ballot Measure 30-154 (Prohibit Psilocybin) — City of Echo

  • Yes   68.5%
    150
  • No   31.5%
    69
Last updated:

Oregon Ballot Measure 30-155 (Prohibit Psilocybin) — City of Pilot Rock

  • Yes   76.9%
    423
  • No   23.1%
    127
Last updated:

Oregon Ballot Measure 30-156 (Prohibit Psilocybin) — City of Milton-Freewater

  • Yes   68.3%
    905
  • No   31.7%
    421
Last updated:

Oregon Ballot Measure 30-157 (Prohibit Psilocybin) — City of Athena

  • Yes   73.1%
    408
  • No   26.9%
    150
Last updated:

Oregon Ballot Measure 30-158 (Intermediate School Bond) — Umatilla School District

  • Yes   53.2%
    744
  • No   46.8%
    654
Last updated:

Oregon Ballot Measure 30-159 (Prohibit Psilocybin) — City of Stanfield

  • Yes   70.6%
    393
  • No   29.4%
    164
Last updated:

Oregon Ballot Measure 30-160 (Prohibit Psilocybin) — City of Pendleton

  • Yes   66.1%
    3,757
  • No   33.9%
    1,926
Last updated:

Oregon Ballot Measure 30-162 (Prohibit Psilocybin) — Unincorporated Umatilla County

  • Yes   69.2%
    16,161
  • No   30.8%
    7,196
Last updated:

U.S. Representative for OR Congressional District No. 2

Cliff BentzJoe Yetter
  • Cliff Bentz *WinnerR 67.1%
    182,404
  • Joe Yetter  D 32.9%
    89,285
* Incumbent
271,689
Last updated:

U.S. Senator for Oregon

Ron WydenJo Rae PerkinsChris HenryDan Pulju
  • Ron Wyden *WinnerD 55.6%
    812,582
  • Jo Rae Perkins  R 41.6%
    608,394
  • Chris Henry  O 1.7%
    24,558
  • Dan Pulju  G 1.0%
    15,218
* Incumbent
1,460,752
Last updated:

Umatilla County Commissioner — Pos. 1

Cindy TimmonsSusan L. Bower
  • Cindy Timmons  NP 55.8%
    11,812
  • Susan L. Bower  NP 44.2%
    9,340
  • Approve   0%
    0
  • Reject   0%
    0
21,152
Last updated:

Umatilla County Commissioner — Pos. 2

John ShaferHollyJo Beers
  • John Shafer * O 63.0%
    13,322
  • HollyJo Beers  O 37.0%
    7,816
* Incumbent
21,138
Last updated:

The centrist candidate, Betsy Johnson, a life-long Democrat who left the part in 2021 to pursue a more centrist, non-aligned view on the state’s politics, conceded on Tuesday night when it became apparent that the race was between Kotek and her Republican counterpart, Drazan.

“Over the last 30 years, I’ve been on the ballot 16 times. My record was a perfect 16 until now and while that winning record is now broken, I have absolutely no regrets and make no apologies for joining this fight for Oregon,” Johnson stated.

This position has been held by a Democrat for 40 years, and as Johnson stated in her Election Night speech, it’s been almost 100 years since an Independent candidate has not won this race in Oregon.

Despite the slight edge of less than 3% of votes in favor of Kotek, the race is still too close to call.


HERMISTON, Ore. — One of the tightest races in the entire U.S. Northwest during the 2022 Midterm Elections is between Tina Kotek and (D-OR) and Christine Drazan (R-OR), who are competing to become the next Governor of Oregon.

As of 9:30 p.m. PST on November 8, 2022, Kotek holds the lead over Drazan by 18,416 votes, which equates to roughly 0.015% of all voters in the state of Oregon. The entire Eastern portion of the state leaned in favor of Drazan, but two of the most populous cities, Portland and Eugene, favored Kotek.

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An overwhelming 75% of voters in Morrow County voted for Drazan while approx. 70.9% of Umatilla County voters leaned toward Drazan.

One major wrinkle in the Oregon Gubernatorial Election was the inclusion of Independent candidate Betsy Johnson, who garnered roughly 9% of votes. Johnson, who had a 20-year career in the statehouse, quit the Democratic Party in 2021. Her politics offer some appeal to centrist and unaffiliated voters who lay somewhere in the political gray area.

Kotek recently received a boost when President Joe Biden visited Portland to offer his support and drive voter interest ahead of the pivotal race. It’s been 40 years since Oregon voted a Republican as its Governor, making the nail-biting finish between Kotek and Drazan all the more compelling.

KAPP-KVEW will continuously update our Election results page and share any breaking updates as we learn more about this heated race for the top position in Oregon.

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