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Contested statewide races too close to call

The two contested statewide primary election races are too close to call, according to a recent poll commissioned by Oregon Public Broadcasting and FOX 12.

In the Republican race for Oregon Governor, Salem doctor Bud Pierce leads businessman Allen Alley by a margin of 25 to 22 percent. That is within the 5.6 percent margin of error for the poll, which was conducted over the past weekend by DHM Research.

The largest block of Republican voters, 36 percent, are undecided in the race. Eight percent say they will skip the race. The remaining candidates are all under 4 percent.

In the hotly contested Democratic race for Secretary of State, Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian leads with 18 percent, followed by state Rep. Val Hoyle with 15 percent and state Sen. Richard Devlin with 13 percent.

Forty-three percent of the voters are undecided and 11 percent say they will skip the race.

All ballots must be returned for the Primary Election by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17.

You can read more about the poll at www.opb.org.