“The Democratic Governors Association poured over a million dollars into the Oregon governor’s race last week, its largest contribution yet in the state.”
Now that the Oregon governor race has been moved from Leans Dem to Toss Up, panicked Democrats are throwing some big money at the contest.
It’s impressive that this race is so close, but it just shows how tired people are of the status quo.
Josh Christenson reports at the Washington Free Beacon:
Democrats Pour Over $1M Into Oregon Governor’s Race As Blue State Becomes Toss-Up
The Democratic Governors Association poured over a million dollars into the Oregon governor’s race last week, its largest contribution yet in the state.
The Association on Thursday contributed $1.25 million to Democratic candidate Tina Kotek, the Willamette Week reported, bringing the group’s total contributions to more than $3 million for Kotek this year. The news comes as the Cook Political Report on Friday shifted its Oregon gubernatorial race prediction from “Leans Democrat” to “Toss-Up.”
Kotek faces an uphill battle as the left-wing candidate in Oregon, where voters are concerned about rising violent crime. Last year, Portland had the most homicides in its history. When she served as state House speaker, Kotek sided with rioters who damaged local businesses and flung rocks, bottles, and fireworks at police during Portland’s summer 2020 protests.
Kotek’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
Kotek is seeking to distance herself from her opponents, independent candidate Betsy Johnson and Republican Christine Drazan, as they are locked in a three-way race. The Democratic Governors Association has drawn attention to both Johnson’s and Drazan’s “A” rating from the NRA, as well as Johnson’s courting of GOP megadonors.
Christine Drazan offered her own explanation for why the race is so close during a recent appearance on FOX News:
Oregon GOP gubernatorial nominee says tide is turning in race: People here ‘don’t recognize their own state’
Republican gubernatorial nominee Christine Drazan looks to flip Oregon red this November and bring an end to 40 years of Democratic leadership.
Drazan joined “America’s Newsroom” Friday to discuss her state’s homeless crisis, its relentless crime wave and recent polls suggesting the race is tilting in her favor.
“We are up today, and I could not be more excited about where we stand right now in this race. We are leading in the polls, and Oregonians are ready for change,” she told Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino.
Drazan went on to discuss the ongoing homeless and crime crises taking place in Portland, saying the city – and the state – have become unrecognizable to its residents.
“[Oregonians] don’t recognize their own state, they certainly are not proud of their own city right now… It used to be the most safe and certainly the most beautiful state in the nation, and that’s not the experience we have now.”
The closeness of this race casts a little doubt on all the recent reports about Democrats bounding back ahead of the midterms.DONATE
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