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FILE - In a Thursday, April 10, 2014 file photo, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber speaks during the first meeting of a new task force he created to look into the possibility of legislation on genetically modified foods in Portland, Ore. Kitzhaber faces only a token challenger in the upcoming Democratic primary for governor. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

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FILE - In a Thursday, April 10, 2014 file photo, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber speaks during the first meeting of a new task force he created to look into the possibility of legislation on genetically modified foods in Portland, Ore. Kitzhaber faces only a token challenger in the upcoming Democratic primary for governor. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus wasted no time in bidding Oregon's failed health care portal, Cover Oregon, goodbye and assigning blame for glitch-laden site to Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber and Sen. Jeff Merkley, also a Democrat. (Associated Press)

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus wasted no time in bidding Oregon's failed health care portal, Cover Oregon, goodbye and assigning blame for glitch-laden site to Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber and Sen. Jeff Merkley, also a Democrat. (Associated Press)

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Members of the Klamath Tribes present Gov. John Kitzhaber with a blanket Friday, April 18, 2014, outside Chiloquin, Ore., during signing ceremonies for a water agreement between the tribes and cattle ranchers. Kitzhaber said the agrement would be a springboard to healing the community and a special place after decades of conflict over scarce water. (AP Photo/The Herald and News, Steven Stilton)

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In ceremonies outside Chiloquin, Ore. on Friday, April 18, 2014, Gov. John Kitzhaber, center foreground, prepares to sign an agreement between Upper Klamath Basin cattle ranchers and the Klamath Tribes to share access to rivers and cooperate on restoring fish sacred to the tribes. He is flanked by representatives of the ranchers and the tribes. Behind them are Senators Ron Wyden, third from left background, and Jeff Merkley, second from right, and representatives of the Obama administration. (AP Photo/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Matt Baun)

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FILE - In this March 20, 2014 file photo, Gov. John Kitzhaber speaks during a news conference in Salem, Ore. on Thursday, March 20, 2014 about the state's health insurance exchange. A state-funded audit found a failure by the exchange's managers to heed reports of problems, poor communication and what it described as "unrealistic optimism." In announcing results of the audit, Kitzhaber said he was angry and disappointed in a process that had caused so much confusion and uncertainty among consumers. (AP Photo/Statesman-Journal, Kobbi R. Blair)

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Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber speaks to reporters at a legislative forum organized by The Associated Press on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 in Salem, Ore. Kitzhaber said he was led to believe in the run-up to the troubled rollout of Oregon's health insurance exchange that problems developing the website would not prevent it from launching on time. (AP Photo)

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Gov. John Kitzhaber speaks to reporters about Cover Oregon, the state's health insurance exchange in Portland, Ore., on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Kitzhaber says he's pleased with progress in the exchange, which has enrolled 55,000 people in health insurance using a manual process because its online enrollment system still doesn't work. (AP Photo/Jonathan J. Cooper)

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Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announces in Salem, Ore., on Nov. 22, 2011, that the execution of convicted killer Gary Haugen will not go on as scheduled next month and no more executions will happen while he is in office. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS President Obama delivers a stump speech for Oregon Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber on Wednesday in Portland, Ore. On Thursday, he talked about special interests in Columbus, Ohio. "They're running misleading, negative ads all across the country. They don't have the courage, they don't have the gumption to stand up and disclose their identity" he said.

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Oregon Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber wants a third term after leaving office eight years ago.