Post, Thatcher lead in initial results

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Bill Post is defeating Chuck Lee in the battle for the state House District 25 seat. Initial results from Tuesday night show Post with 4,649 votes (53.93 percent) compared to 3,727 votes (43.24 percent) for Lee in Marion County. Overall, Post had 6,954 votes (54.36 percent) compared to 5,467 votes (42.73 percent) for Lee. “It took so long for this to happen,” said Post, the radio talk show host who announced his intentions last December. “We worked so hard. Today I just said let it fall where it falls.” Post gave kudos to his opponent. “Chuck Lee is a really good, hard-working man,” Post said. “I learned from him.” Lee, meanwhile, wasn’t ready to concede quite yet. “We’re going to sit on it for the evening, see where we stand in the morning,” Lee said Tuesday night. “I just think there’s a huge Republican edge in this district.” The two were battling to replace Kim Thatcher, who competed against Newberg City Councilor Ryan Howard for the state Senate District 13 seat. Thatcher was leading that race with 15,222 votes (58.19 percent) in the initial count compared to 10,874 votes (41.57 percent) for Howard. “I will miss the house, but I’m very honored to serve the people in the senate district,” Thatcher said. “I will keep working on the things that will make...

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