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Brown leads Pierce in governor's race, with lots of voters still undecided

TRIBUNE ILLUSTRATION/KEITH SHEFFIELDSALEM — Democratic candidates running statewide in Oregon are leading by varying margins, according to results of a new poll released Tuesday.

Gov. Kate Brown was the choice of 44 percent of those surveyed, outpacing Republican candidate Dr. William “Bud” Pierce by 17 percentage points, according to the poll, conducted by icitizen, a Tennessee company that conducted a similar Oregon survey in February. Twenty-three percent of voters were undecided on their choice for governor.

Brown’s lead over Pierce mirrors the advantage Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has over Republican Donald Trump in Oregon. The icitizen poll puts her ahead by a 43 percent to 28 percent margin. Libertarian Gary Johnson was favored by 11 percent of the respondents while Green Party candidate Jill Stein drew 3 percent.

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