Tough fight ahead for Ore. GOP governor contender

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Associated Press

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 29 at 9:06 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Republican state representative is getting an early start in his bid to be Oregon's next governor. But if history is a guide, then Dennis Richardson has a challenging road ahead.

No Oregonian younger than 27 has lived in the state under a Republican governor, and it's been more than a decade since a GOP candidate was elected to statewide office.

Richardson, who represents Central Point, announced his gubernatorial candidacy last week, taking an early stand and hoping other members of his party will stay out of the race.

Political observers say he faces a tough fight. He must introduce himself to voters and convince many traditionally liberal Portland-area residents to pick a conservative candidate.

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