SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Republican Party didn’t gather enough signatures by Monday’s deadline to recall Gov. Kate Brown.
It’s the its second time an effort to recall the governor has failed in less than a year, the Statesman Journal reported.
“It’s gut-wrenching to deliver this news,” Oregon GOP Chair Bill Currier said over a Facebook livestream to supporters. “But we will prevail. I am confident that the people’s will will be upheld in the end.”
Republicans have accused Brown of abusing her power and runing the state’s economy through shutdowns imposed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The governor has said shutdowns were in keeping with the advice of public health experts and were intended to save lives.
For the recall to continue, the state GOP needed to gather and submit 280,050 valid signatures to the Secretary of State’s office by Aug. 31. That’s 90 days from when the recall effort was initiated.
Currier said their campaign gathered 277,254 signatures, which would be about 2,800 short of the required number. They would not submit any signatures to the Secretary of State’s office.
Most signature-gathering efforts turn in many thousands more signatures than required to ensure they’ve gathered enough that can be verified by elections officials.
Thomas Wheatley, an advisor to Brown, said after the announcement that the governor won her election two years ago by more than 100,000 votes and that the recall attempt was a distraction.
Republicans constitute about 25 percent of registered voters in the state, while Democrats make up 35 percent and nonaffiliated voters make up 33 percent.