Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Knute Buehler wins straw poll in bid for Oregon governor: 4 things to know


Orthopedic surgeon and State Rep. Knute Buehler, MD, R-Ore., beat Greg Wooldridge by one vote in a gubernatorial straw poll held by the Washington County Republican Party, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Here are four things to know.

1. Dr. Buehler is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at The Center: Orthopedic & Neurosurgical Care & Research in Bend, Ore., specializing in knee and hip conditions.

2. While Dr. Buehler has been the establishment favorite to win the primary and run against Gov. Kate Brown (D), he does not have unilateral Republican support. Dr. Buehler has criticized President Donald Trump, described himself as pro-choice on abortion and has not opposed every gun control measure that has come before the Oregon Legislature.

3. Mr. Wooldridge, a retired Naval aviator, defeated Dr. Buehler at a straw poll held at the annual Dorchester Conference in March.

4. The Republican Party fell a couple of votes short of having enough participants to make an official endorsement in the governor's race — only 75 people participated in the straw poll. None of the candidates met the 60 percent vote threshold required for an endorsement under party rules.

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