Toss-Up Oregon Governor’s Race Augers Chance for Big GOP Gains

AURORA, OR - OCTOBER 18: Republican gubernatorial candidate Christine Drazan greets her constituents during a rally on October 18, 2022 in Aurora, Oregon. Drazan was joined by Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin to help drum up support in a hotly contested gubernatorial race in Oregon, a state that has not elected a Republican governor since 1982. (Photo by Mathieu Lewis-Rolland/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Oregon’s unusually tight gubernatorial race, which could flip party control for the first time in 36 years, is drawing eyes—and money—to competitive state legislative and congressional races.
  • Oregon GOP candidates are flush with cash and in-kind contributions in the final weeks before an election that could bring up to three more Oregon Republicans to Congress, flip the Oregon Senate, and erode the Oregon House’s Democratic supermajority.
  • Three women—former Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek (D), former House Minority Leader Christine Drazan (R), and Betsy Johnson, a former state Senator who left the Democratic party to run as an independent—have their sights on the governor’s mansion as Gov. Kate Brown (D) departs with a dismal 56% disapproval rating.

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