Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has won re-election against Republican challenger Rep. Knute Buehler. Brown, who is bisexual, became the first LGBTQ governor in 2015. She won a special election in 2016, and has now earned another four years in the position. It will be her first full term.
Brown now has company in that honor, as Jared Polis made history tonight himself, becoming the first openly gay man to be elected governor in the U.S., beating out Republican Walker Stapleton.
Buehler was facing a difficult task, with Democratic voters outnumbering Republicans in Oregon by 10%, and Brown campaigned on tying her opponent to President Trump, who is unpopular in the state.
Spending in the race far exceeded the previous record, hitting $36 million, with last minute spending yet to be reported, according to The Oregonian. At time of writing, Brown leads by around 78,000 votes, with 68% of precincts reporting.
“This election shows that when Oregonians are given an opportunity to invest in our classrooms, to build affordable housing, and to protect health care, it’s not a toss-up, it’s not even a close call, it’s slam dunk,” Brown said in her victory speech.
“This election shows that when our values are on the ballot, Oregonians will come together, and fight like hell to stand up for what we believe in. Tonight we can say we fought to keep Oregon a welcoming and inclusive place for all. Tonight we can say we fought to make sure that thousands more will have access to affordable housing, and we won!”
She also celebrated wins for the Democrats elsewhere.
“With this election cycle, we tripled the number of Democratic women governors serving in this country. And we picked up key gubernatorial seats in Ohio, in Illinois, in Kansas, in Michigan, and New Mexico.”
Watch her deliver her speech below.