The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up


PollWatch: Oregon’s True Blue Colors

By · Jun, 29 2009

Oregon was once one of the most competitive swing states in the nation. State and national campaigns typically began as true toss-ups and both national parties viewed the state’s electoral votes as potentially theirs. Recently, however the environmentally-conscious state has planted itself firmly into the Democratic column.

Research 2000 has released a new poll conducted for Daily Kos showing the Democrats enter the open seat gubernatorial race in a commanding position. Despite the fact term-limited Democrat Ted Kulongoski can’t run again, the field remains relatively empty, as the potential big names have hesitated to jump into the race. R2000 tested former governor John Kitzhaber (who has mentioned getting back into the political arena) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (the progressive frequently mentioned as a potential statewide candidate) against former senator Gordon Smith (recently ousted by Jef Merkley) and Rep. Greg Walden.

Kitzhaber 46% DeFazio 47%
Smith 37% Smith 37%
Kitzhaber 44% DeFazio 45%
Walden 38% Walden 37%

There is one Democrat currently in the race, former state speaker Bill Bradbury. His leads over the two well-known Republicans tested are not as strong:

Bradbury 42% Bradbury 40%
Smith 38% Walden 39%
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Categories : Open Seats, Oregon, Polls

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