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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon's Republican Party has a new leader, according to a report in the Oregonian.

The party selected former congressional candidate Art Robinson as chairman Saturday in a 55-52 vote over party vice chairman Bill Currier, the newspaper reported.

Robinson replaces Suzanne Gallagher, who resigned Friday just ahead of a recall vote brought by party officials accusing her of mismanagement. Gallagher had led the state GOP since February, the newspaper reported.

Robinson, a chemist and outspoken skeptic of human-caused global warming, ran unsuccessfully against U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., in 2010 and 2012.

He also accused Oregon State University in 2011 of conspiring to retaliate against his children who were graduate students at the school. He said Oregon State was unduly influenced by DeFazio.

Republicans face challenges in organizing voters and electing candidates statewide in Oregon, where there are 181,000 more registered Democrats.

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