Chris Dudley Announces Bid To Become Oregon Governor

Rasmussen: Dudley has narrow lead in Oregon governor's race

By Jeff Mapes, The Oregonian

Republican Chris Dudley now appears to have a narrow lead in the Oregon race for governor, Rasmussen Reports says in a new poll released Friday morning.

Rasmussen says Dudley has 49 percent compared to 44 percent for Democrat John Kitzhaber, just outside the poll’s margin of error of four percentage points, plus or minus.

Still, Rasmussen continues to rate the race as a tossup. And it should be said that Rasmussen doesn’t find that opinion is changing in the race since its last poll of two weeks ago showed the two virtually tied.

Instead, Rasmussen has started including voters who say they lean to one of the candidates, and it says that Dudley has the advantage here.

This new poll will undoubtedly get pushback from the Democrats, who have been skeptical of Rasmussen in any case. Portland pollster Lisa Grove, who works for Democrats, last month conducted a poll for Our Oregon’s political action committee that found Kitzhaber ahead 44 percent to 35 percent for Dudley.

She thinks Rasmussen misses a lot of hard-to-reach voters, and she also explicitly offers voters a choice of being undecided, and she asks if they favor one of the two minor-party candidates, Libertarian Wes Wagner and Greg Kord of the Constitution Party.

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