Cook Report Changes The Oregon Governor’s Race In Favour Of Republicans. What Is In It?

The nonpartisan Cook Political Report changed the Oregon governor’s race from “lean Democrat” to “toss-up” on Friday, favoring Republicans.

Governor Kate Brown (D), whose tenure is coming to an end, is being challenged by three candidates: former state House Speaker Tina Kotek (D), former state House Minority Leader Christine Drazan (R), and former state senator Betsy Johnson (I).

Cook Political Report attributed the ratings shift to Johnson’s potential to function as a disruptor in the campaign given her funding advantage and her TV ad expenditure, which resulted in Kotek and Drazan polling in a tie.

While Johnson has yet to poll higher than the mid-20s, she has claimed that her numbers would increase after Labor Day, according to the Cook Political Report. “There is a definite tendency of both Kotek and Drazan pulling in the low 30s,” the report said.

Brown’s lower approval ratings, according to the independent election forecaster, may give Republicans a chance to win the governor’s mansion. The forecaster also mentioned at least one commercial in which Drazan attempted to unite the two Democrats. Nevertheless, Oregon hasn’t chosen a Republican for governor in many years.

The Cook Political Report observes that Kotek is particularly critical of Drazan about abortion and thinks that the topic favors her.

Cook Report Changes The Oregon Governor Race
Cook Report Changes The Oregon Governor Race

If Kotek wins her election, she would be one of the first two openly lesbian governorsβ€”possibly the first. The other candidate may be Massachusetts’s state attorney general, Maura Healey, who is the Democratic party’s choice for governor

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