Rep. Richard Vial leading in House District 26 Republican primary
Incumbent state Rep. Richard Vial is the apparent winner in the Republican primary for Oregon House District 26, according to unofficial results as of Wednesday morning.
As of Wednesday, Vial leads opponent Dan Laschober by a wide margin, garnering about 70 percent of the vote to Laschober's 30 percent.
Vial is running for his second term in the Oregon House of Representatives. District 26 includes all or parts of Sherwood, Wilsonville, King City, Reedville, Hillsboro, Farmington and Scholls, where Vial is from.
Laschober previously ran as a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2016, and lost the primary race.
"I'm grateful for the folks who voted for me early and at the polls," Vial said shortly after the first results came in Tuesday evening. He said he plans to spend the general election focusing on issues like school funding and urban growth in his district.
Vial will face off against Democrat Ryan Spiker, a U.S. Navy veteran and healthcare professional, in November's general election. Spiker ran unopposed in Tuesday's Democratic primary.