Oregon may get its first Republican governor in over thirty years

A big change may be about to occur in Oregon.

According to the Daily Caller, polls suggest that there is a good possibility that Oregon, a blue state, may end up with its first Republican governor since 1987. 

The Republican candidate who just might make this happen is Christine Drazan. She, in recent years, has been a member of Oregon’s House of Representatives, but now she is running to be the state’s next governor.

Drazan, in the race, is facing off against Democrat Tina Kotek and Betsy Johnson, who used to be a Democrat but is now running as an independent. All three are running to replace Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D), who has become one of the least popular governors in America.

The poll

The poll that suggests that Drazan might just make history here comes from DHM Research, which conducted the poll on behalf of The Oregonian. The pollster surveyed some 600 likely Oregon voters from Sept. 23 to 24, and their poll has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

What the pollster found is that Drazan is currently in a virtual tie with Kotek.

The recently released poll results show Drazan in the lead with 32% of the vote, Kotek in second place with 31%, and Johnson in a distant third place with only 18%.

But, with the four percentage point margin of error, it is more precise to just say that Drazan and Kotek are tied.

It’s confirmed

The results of this poll from DHM Research are supported by several other polls which also have Drazan and Kotek virtually tied in the race for Oregon’s governorship.

The significance of this cannot be overstated. Oregon is well-known for being a liberal stronghold.

The last time that Oregon had a Republican governor was some 35 years ago, in 1987, when Victory Atiyeh left office. Since then, Oregon’s governorship has been dominated by Democrats.

John Burke, Drazan’s campaign spokesman, has put out a statement, saying:

Christine Drazan is on the doorstep of history. No candidate in recent memory has come as close as she is to ending the 35 years of one-party control of the governor’s office. Our state is ready for a new direction and voters increasingly recognize Christine as the only candidate who will deliver. We are excited about the momentum we are seeing and will continue to run hard through Election Day.

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