Politics, States

Oregon Gubernatorial Race Keeps Getting Better for Republicans

Earlier this month, we covered how Cook Political Report changed their rating of the Oregon gubernatorial race from “Lean Democratic” to “Toss-Up.” That a former Democrat who is running as an Independent, Betsy Johnson, has entered the race, could act as a spoiler. Polling results back up that the Republican nominee, Christine Drazan, is the one who benefits.

The Oregonian/OregonLive commissioned a poll from DHM Research showing that Drazan has 32 percent support, while Democrat Tina Kotek has 31 percent. Johnson comes in at a more distant third, with 18 percent. This is despite how Johnson has outraised her opponents.

The poll was conducted September 23-24, with 600 likely voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points, which means that Drazan’s lead is within that margin. It’s nevertheless significant, considering that Oregon has not elected a Republican governor since 1987. Read more…

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