With Midterms only 24 days away, Democrats are pulling out all the stops in Oregon as the race for governor gets closer in the state. Biden even made an appearance in the state this week to campaign for Democratic Tina Kotek’s campaign. While state democrats are excited for the visit, in hopes it will drum up attention to the election, what it really is is a last ditch effort to keep voters on their side. While Oregon hasn’t had a Republican governor since 1982, there has been a decline in approval ratings and poll numbers for Democrats over the last several election cycles.
It is especially telling when the President has to come in as almost a celebrity endorsement for your campaign to drum up excitement. Though some Democrats are arguing the main issue they are having in the polls is Independent candidate Betsy Johnson. They are worried she will steal Kotek’s votes, but let’s call it like it is, Kotek could lose to a Republican and it would knock them down in their efforts to keep the West Coast blue.
Republican Christine Drazan is ahead in polls, as of Thursday she had a three point lead over Kotek. Prompting the state democrats to line up a list of appearances with not only the President, but Virginia Governor Glynn Youngkin and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Not only are they worried about the Governor position but they feel as though, if they lose the governor they could lose many other spots on their ballot. While they throw money at the race, Republican poll numbers will continue to rise. Voters are seemingly tired of the democratic party and ready for something better. Following the Republican movement across the country, Oregon could soon have a Republican Governor bringing us one step closer to a red flip.
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