APNewsBreak: GOP's Buehler has big Ore. cash lead

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Democratic Secretary of State Kate Brown is well behind her Republican challenger in Oregon campaign fundraising, but she has slightly narrowed the gap between them.

Brown's campaign manager told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she will report raising about $265,000 so far. Republican Knute Buehler, a surgeon from Bend, reports raising $460,000.

However, Buehler has spent at a faster clip and has a smaller advantage in money left to spend. He has $221,000 in the bank, about $50,000 more than Brown.

Candidates must tell the state by midnight Tuesday how much they've raised before Oregon's May 15 primary.

Embattled Democratic Rep. Mike Schaufler of Happy Valley has raised about three times as much as primary challenger Jeff Reardon. Republican Sen. Chris Telfer of Bend, who is facing a tough primary challenge from former GOP House Majority Leader Tim Knopp, had not filed up-to-date data.