Will Oregon Governor Candidates Participate In A Debate On Sept. 27 In Bend?

Later this month, the Oregon gubernatorial candidates will take part in a discussion that will be broadcast from the Oregon State Institution-Cascades campus in Bend, the university said on Thursday.

After speaking together in front of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association in July, Democratic candidate Tina Kotek, Republican candidate Christine Drazan, and independent candidate Betsy Johnson will debate on September 27. Although not yet declared, further disputes are anticipated.

Only OSU-Cascades students and invited local leaders will be able to attend the discussion. For viewers in central Oregon, it will be shown on KTVZ and live-streamed on ktvz.com.

This year’s contest in Oregon is unusually tight, mostly due to Johnson’s participation. She has the ability to win over voters from any party because she served as a conservative Democratic legislator for 20 years before announcing her candidacy.

The chance of a Kotek victory was downgraded by major forecasters including the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics and the Cook Political Report due to polls demonstrating how unpopular outgoing Democratic Governor Kate Brown is with voters. The Cook Report downgrades the election from “likely” to “leaning Democratic,” according to the Center for Politics, which also ranks it as a toss-up.

The three candidates have raised about $30 million combined and spent the majority of it since starting their campaigns, with less than two months till election day and more money streaming in every day. Johnson outpaces the competition with more than $11.3 million in funding so far, mostly due to significant contributions from influential corporate figures like Nike co-founder Phil Knight.

Oregon Governor Candidates Participate In A Debate On Sept. 27
Oregon Governor Candidates Participate In A Debate On Sept. 27

Kotek and Drazan have each raised close to $8.7 million. National Democratic and Republican organizations have contributed to Kotek’s campaign roughly $1.9 million, while the Republican Governors Association has contributed $2.6 million to Drazan’s campaign.

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