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Johnson leads Nordbye in two counties

As of 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, Rep. Mark Johnson, the incumbent in the race for House District 52, is currently leading the challenger, Peter Nordbye, in two of the three countries that will decide a winner.

With early poll results showing Johnson controlling 52 percent of the votes that have been cast, he believes he's in a comfortable position for re-election. Why is he leading?

“I'm just a better candidate with a better vision,” he said. “I think I've performed better. My voting record has been strong and people appreciate that.”

Johnson is holding a 55 percent to 44 percent advantage in Multnomah County and a 53 percent to 47 percent lead in Clackamas County. Meanwhile, Nordbye leads in Hood River County, 51 percent to 48 percent.

Johnson grabbed 10,288 of the 19,839 votes that have been counted.

The only county Johnson doesn't lead, Hood River, is the one in which he lives. But on Tuesday night, he said he didn't have an explanation for that.

The candidates ran their campaigns with difference financial platforms.

Nordbye only accepted maximum donations of $50 from an individual or $100 from a couple, believing small contributions better represented the values of his voters.

He also believed that the small contributions would keep out-of-state corporations out of the Oregon election. But Johnson said that one would be hard-pressed to find an out-of-district corporation that would have a negative impact on lawmakers.

The next round of results came in at 9 p.m., after The Post went to press.