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If there’s a “blue wave” coming in 2018, someone may have forgotten to tell Oregon’s voters. A Republican challenger has pulled even with blue state Oregon’s Democratic incumbent governor, according to a new poll.
The news comes as a surprise in a state that hasn’t seen a Republican governor since late 1980s, sparking fears of the end of Democratic Party’s total domination of the state.
The article goes on to state the following:
The poll indicates that Republican state Rep. Knute Buehler is waging a serious challenge to Gov. Kate Brown, a vocal critic of President Trump, with both candidates getting support from 45 percent of likely voters, the Oregonian reported.
Oregon is considered a solid blue state, with Democrats controlling both the state House and Senate, while Brown has been the governor since 2015.
The poll, conducted by Florida-based Gravis Marketing, invigorated the race overnight, though Democrats began questioning its validity.
“It’s hard to understand how this is a reputable piece of public opinion research,” Brown’s campaign spokesman, Christian Gaston, told the Oregonian.
But other pollsters in the state aren’t dismissing the poll showing the two candidates deadlocked in the race, saying Brown doesn’t have strong voter support.
Kate Brown had a chance to fight for Oregon and she came up short. As governor, I’ll take the reins and lead as a voice for all Oregonians – where Kate Brown has failed. https://t.co/mdCZFqehKv #orpol #knuteforgov pic.twitter.com/xebREQ1ohv
— Knute Buehler (@KnuteBuehler) July 22, 2018
— Knute Buehler (@KnuteBuehler) July 23, 2018
Oregon will continue to be welcoming to all who call our state home. I’m proud of Oregon’s Sanctuary Law and took action last year to strengthen it. I appreciate @ORDOJ legal action and will continue speaking out against Trump’s immigration policies. https://t.co/gQTHiCX2wA
— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) June 19, 2018
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