This story was updated at 6:40 p.m.

Democrat Tina Kotek has been elected the next governor of Oregon.

Kotek had held a slim lead over Republican Christine Drazan since the first set of results were reported Tuesday evening. Her lead grew Thursday – 47.1% to 43.5% for Drazan – with an estimated 85.5 % of votes counted.

“I am honored and humbled by this opportunity to serve, and I will strive every day to be a force for positive change in our state,” Kotek said during a news conference Thursday morning in Portland.

Betsy Johnson, who ran as an independent, conceded her loss early Tuesday evening.

Drazan has not conceded. She issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying her campaign continued to monitor returns.

“With several hundred thousand ballots yet to be counted, we continue to exercise patience as we await additional clarity regarding the final outcome of this race,” the campaign wrote.





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