Surprise! Reliably blue Oregon may elect a Republican governor, says veteran pollster
"The most surprising event of 2022 was the Oregon governor's race," says Scott Rasmussen.
"The most surprising event" of the 2022 election cycle is the Oregon governor's race, says pollster Scott Rasmussen.
According to polls, a Republican has a strong chance of winning the 2022 race for governor in the state, long a secure Democratic bastion.
"I never would have expected to be saying we might have a Republican governor in Oregon," Rasmussen said Friday on the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show.
The reason the Oregon governor's race is so close is because it is a three way race, he explained.
"You've got a wealthy, independent, former Democrat," Rasmussen noted. "You've got a really unpopular Democratic governor who's leaving. You've got all the craziness in Portland. So right now, there's a chance that a Republican could sneak into the governor's office. That will be wild."
Christine Drazan, the Republican nominee, is running against Democratic candidate Tina Kotek and former Democrat-turned-independent Betsy Johnson.
Many Democratic candidates are seeking to distance themselves from President Biden, widely seen as a political liability due to his anemic approval ratings, according to Rasmussen.
"The President's numbers overall are toxic," the veteran pollster said. "Democrats don't want to campaign with him. And I suspect after the election, he'll have some trouble getting calls returned."