Shemia Fagan takes lead with Secretary of State primary too close to call

It's too close to call, but Shemia Fagan is currently in the lead.

Posted: May 21, 2020 11:48 AM

SALEM, Ore. – With the Secretary of State race too close to call for the Democratic primary, it’s not yet clear who will be facing Kim Thatcher in November.

However, as of Thursday morning, in a surprise turnaround, Oregon Sen. Shemia Fagan has edged into the lead.

“As county election workers continue to do the important work of counting ballots, we are seeing, in real-time, just how much power each and every vote has in our elections," Fagan said. “While the Secretary of State’s race remains too close to call, it is clear Oregonians set out to make their voices heard, even while facing an unprecedented pandemic. I am so grateful for Oregon’s vote-by-mail process and for the incredible election workers who have been tireless in their work to make sure every voice is heard."

On election night, Oregon Sen. Mark Hass looked to be in the lead. That lead narrowed into Wednesday with the candidates just a couple thousand of votes apart.

As of 8:30 a.m., Fagan has 35.98% of the vote and Hass has 35.62%. It’s still a difference of a couple thousand votes. 

Candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner is taking third place in the race but still drew a significant amount of support with 28% percent of the vote.

Meanwhile, in the Republican primary for the position, Thatcher won by a landslide, taking 85% of the vote.

Turnout so far is reported at a little over 46%, according to the Secretary of State's Office.

Stay with KEZI 9 News for updates.

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