Candidates make last push as voters return ballots



SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s election battlefield becomes much clearer Tuesday as voters narrow the field in a number of races for state and local office.

Candidates for races at all levels were preparing for one last push to rally supporters and persuade any undecided voters.

The primary will divvy up convention delegates between Republican presidential contenders, and it will determine each party’s slate of candidates as Republicans and Democrats try to grab control of the tied state House. Candidates for open seats on the state appellate courts will be thinned out, and voters around the state will weigh in on races for mayor and city council.

But the Democratic primary for attorney general has grabbed most of the attention as two candidates have sparred over their experience, Oregon roots and the state’s medical marijuana law.