Oregon governor leads Republican challenger with nearly 25 percent of voters undecided.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Oregon Gov. Kate BrownOregon Gov. Kate Brown holds a strong early lead in the race for governor over Republican challenger Knute Buehler, according to a poll taken for OPB.

But that lead may largely have to do with the fact that most Oregonians know very little about Buehler, a state representative from Bend.

The telephone survey of 604 adult Oregonians — taken in late January — found that Brown is backed by 46 percent of respondents compared to 29 percent for Buehler. Nearly a quarter of those polled said they are undecided.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - State Rep. Knute BeuhlerJohn Horvick, vice president and political director for DHM Research of Portland, said the poll he conducted gives an early view of the race.

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