The race to be Oregon’s next governor is still anyone’s game at this point, with Republican Chris Dudley and Democrat John Kitzhaber virtually tied again this month. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state finds Dudley earning 47% of the vote to Kitzhaber’s 45%. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and another four percent (4%) are undecided. In February, however, Kitzhaber led Dudley 42% to 36%. But in the final survey before their respective party primaries in May, Dudley and Kitzhaber were tied at 41% apiece. Just after the May 18 primary, support for both candidates increased, but the race remained a tie.
Male and female voters in Oregon essentially break even over the two candidates. Voters not affiliated with either major political party favor Dudley by 13 points. Dudley, a former professional basketball player who now works in the financial industry, captured 40% of the vote to win a crowded GOP Primary. Kitzhaber, a doctor and educator, previously served two terms as governor from 1995 to 2003. He captured 66% of the vote in his primary win over Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury. The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Oregon was conducted on June 17, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.