Oregon results for every midterm race
Solidly blue Oregon is watching a fairly competitive governor’s race play out in 2018.
Democratic Gov. Kate Brown is up for reelection, and her Republican challenger is state Rep. Knute Buehler. Brown became governor in 2015, after the previous governor John Kitzhaber (D) resigned. She’s the first openly bisexual person to serve as governor in US history.
Even with Oregon’s reputation for electing Democratic governors, Brown has faced criticism for the state’s persistent homelessness problem, school dropout rates, and a state pension program that’s $22 billion in debt. Her approval rating is hovering around 44 percent, with another 41 percent disapproving.
Buehler is branding himself as the kind of Republican who can lead in Oregon, saying he’ll protect abortion rights and same-sex marriage. While Oregon has a number of big, blue cities, the more rural parts of the state are conservative. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates this Lean Democrat.
There are a number of ballot initiatives this year, including one overturning a 1987 law that limits local and state police from working with federal immigration authorities, one banning public money from being spent on most abortions in Oregon, and another that would bar new grocery taxes.
Oregon is one of the rare Democratic trifectas, with the party controlling the governor’s mansion and both chambers of the state legislature. Daily Kos doesn’t expect the statehouse to change hands today.
President Trump is quite unpopular here, with Morning Consult finding his disapproval rating nearing 60 percent.
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|OTH||Michael Marsh (Constitution Party)||1,175||0%|
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|OTH||Patrick Starnes (Independent Party of Oregon Party)||46,674||3%|
|OTH||Chris Henry (Progressive Party)||9,648||1%|
|OTH||Aaron Donald Auer (Constitution Party)||0||0%|
Oregon State Referendum OR Measure 105