The Democratic gubernatorial candidate has repeatedly said he considers the state his home.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Nicholas KristofNick Kristof's much-publicized bid to become Oregon's next governor has encountered a long-expected hurdle: the question of whether or not the former globetrotting New York Times columnist meets the state's three-year residency requirement for its top elected office.

The Democrat's attorneys have argued for months that he does qualify; they even released a 15-page memo laying out Kristof's upbringing in Yamhill, his long-held love for the state and his increasing presence here recently as he took over the family farm.

But the Oregon Secretary of State's Office still has questions. A day after Kristof formally filed to run for office, state elections officials sent him notice that they need more information to decide whether he actually can.

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