Gallagher defeats Lee to win state GOP chair

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Suzanne Gallagher has won the Oregon Republican Party chairmanship over two other candidates.

The party's state central committee chose Gallagher over John Lee, Jr., on the second round of balloting Saturday.

The 65-year-old Gallagher replaces Allen Alley, who did not seek a second term.

Gallagher will serve a two-year term through the 2014 election, which will be headlined by races for governor and U.S. Senate.

The party has not won a statewide race in a decade, controls just one of five congressional seats and is now in the minority in the state House and Senate.