Democrat John Kitzhaber and Republican Chris Dudley are locked in a tight race for governor.

Democrat John Kitzhaber and Republican Chris Dudley are locked in a tight race for governor.

The two were within a percentage point of each other with 67 percent of precincts reporting.

The former two-term governor Kitzhaber and the political rookie Dudley have spent at least $15 million this year in a race for which the results may not be known by late tonight or later.

Whoever wins will face a tough task the morning after the victory celebration — how to make wrenching changes in Oregon’s state government and schools.

The state faces a budget gap expected to be as much as $3 billion when the Legislature begins writing a new budget next year.

— The Associated Press