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Oregon Gubernatorial Race: Nike Co-Founder Donates $1 Million to Republican Candidate Christine Drazan


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The gubernatorial race in Oregon is a “toss up” according to the Cook Political Report.

The people in Oregon are so tired of crime in Portland that the state might elect a Republican governor.

The Cook Political Report last month moved the race for governor in Oregon from ‘Leans Democrat’ to ‘Toss Up.’

Nike co-founder Phil Knight donated $1 million to Republican gubernatorial candidate Christine Drazan’s campaign.

Republican Christine Drazan is running against far-left Democrat Tina Kotek.

Willamette Week reported:

Nike co-founder Phil Knight changed tactics in the governor’s race today, contributing $1 million to Republican Christine Drazan, whom recent polling has shown with a slight lead over Democrat Tina Kotek.

Results of an independent poll conducted by Emerson College that were released Oct. 4 showed Drazan with a 2-point lead over Kotek, with the unaffiliated candidate Johnson a distant third at 19%.

That poll is in line with one The Oregonian reported last week showing Drazan with 32% and Kotek with 31%. Given that the poll had a 4% margin of error, DHM pollster John Horvick told the daily the race is a “toss-up.” Johnson, to whom Knight has donated $3.75 million, had 18% in the DHM poll.

WW reported Tuesday that Knight gave Johnson a $2 million check. But that transaction, although it only posted in the state’s campaign finance reporting system Oct. 3, actually occurred Sept. 1. That’s a long time ago in a race this competitive—and today’s contribution suggests Knight is shifting his focus to Drazan, whom he had not previously supported.

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