GOP Poll Shows Kitzhaber Up Big in OR-Gov
by Jonathan Singer, Thu Feb 25, 2010 at 01:26:53 PM EST
The Oregonian's Jeff Mapes has the details:
The latest survey is from Portland pollster Bob Moore, who often works for Republicans. He matched up former Gov. John Kitzhaber - who Moore judges to be the strongest of the Democratcs - against two Republican contenders, ex-Trail Blazer Chris Dudley and businessman Allen Alley.
In each case, Kitzhaber leads either of the Republicans, 45 percent to 33 percent.
The Oregon Governor's race isn't a slam dunk for the Democrats -- but they have clear advantages seven months ahead of ballots being sent out to voters. Oregon, you might remember, is a state in which only one Republican has won statewide in the past decade and a half and where the GOP hasn't won a gubernatorial election since 1986. What's more, the leading Democratic candidate for Governor -- a popular former Governor in his own regard -- leads all Republican comers by double-digit margins even in GOP polling.
This race is still a ways away -- but at this point, the Democrats are looking good.