Democrats have occupied the governor's mansion since 1987. But this election Gov. Kate Brown faces a challenge from Republican Knute Buehler, a state lawmaker who describes himself as a moderate and is competitive.

In the Legislature, Buehler represents the town of Bend, which has more registered Democrats than Republicans but where he's nevertheless managed to be elected twice to the Oregon House of Representatives. He distanced himself from President Donald Trump.

Brown is confident a large Democratic turnout - and Independent Party candidate Patrick Starnes dropping out and endorsing her last week - will translate into victory.

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Buehler said he’s been busy through the weekend. Monday, the day before the election, was no different. He kicked off his day at a Tigard coffee shop.

“We're going to fly from Portland to Eugene, to Medford, to my hometown of Bend, and end up with a big campaign rally at our headquarters here in Portland,” said Buehler.

He said over the last 10 days, he's made 30 different stops in nine counties.

Governor Kate Brown has been busy as well. Over the course of just a few days last week, her campaign knocked on more than 100,000 doors.

On Monday, she planned to spend some of her time in Eugene.