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Oregon's May Election Takes Shape After Filing Deadline

Sixteen members of the Oregon Legislature aren’t seeking re-election. Two will face primary challengers. And 24 won’t have any opponent at all in the primary or general election.

The 2014 election took much clearer shape Tuesday as the deadline passed for people seeking office to declare their intentions.

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Fifteen representatives and one senator did not file re-election paperwork. Most of them had already said they’re retiring or seeking another office.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley and all five of Oregon’s representatives in the U.S. House are seeking re-election. Democrat Kurt Schrader and Republican Greg Walden will face primary challengers, and all will have opponents in the general election.

Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber will face a longshot primary challenger. Six Republicans are vying for the gubernatorial nomination.

Oregon’s primary is May 20.

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