Last month, the nonpartisan Cook Political Report moved the race to succeed term-limited Democratic Gov. Kate Brown from “lean Democrat” to “toss up,” according to The Hill. “There’s a pretty darn good chance that Drazan could win,” Pacific University political science professor Jim Moore said, according to Willamette Week. That would break a chain of Democratic governors that goes back to 1987, when Victor Atiyeh left office, according to Ballotpedia. Spencer Kimball, executive director of Emerson College polling, said that among independent voters in the new poll, 34 percent backed Drazan while 18 percent backed Kotek. The poll noted that Johnson was having an impact on the race, with 17 percent of Democrats supporting her against only 9 percent of Republicans. Among those who say the economy is their top issue, 52 percent plan to vote for the Republican candidate, according to the survey. The Emerson College poll of what it called 796 very likely voters was conducted Friday and Saturday and has a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points. Drazan has said she will rein in government overreach.
🚨 BREAKING: Another independent nonpartisan poll shows we are leading Tina Kotek.Four straight surveys have us winning this race. The momentum is on our side. We will make history. #orpol https://t.co/OH6x1Uv06L — Christine Drazan (@ChristineDrazan) October 4, 2022
“I actually view government as having an essential role that should effectively advance core functions and not be all things to all people,” she said, according to Willamette Week. The Republican is upbeat about her chances. “I have been up against Tina Kotek when the deck has been stacked and when the math was tough. This is the year for Republicans to win. This is an opportunity to actually make a difference,” Drazan said. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Tina Kotek drove up tax hikes and regulations on Oregonian families.Unlike her, I’m proud to stand for the people of this state against higher costs. #orpol pic.twitter.com/1JlHNnFmSg — Christine Drazan (@ChristineDrazan) October 5, 2022