Biden’s Latest Move Could be a Gift to the GOP

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While Democrats are floundering ahead of the November Midterm Elections, Joe Biden is taking to the sky. He will be flying over to Oregon to help out flailing Democrat gubernatorial candidate Tina Kotek, who is down in the polls to her Republican rival Christine Drazen. But Biden’s support for Kotek could likely backfire on voters, since Biden only has a 52 percent disapproval rate in Oregon, according to an October 13 Civiqs poll.

The Hill reports:

An Emerson College college poll released earlier this month found Republican Christine Drazan with a narrow lead over Kotek, 36 percent to 34 percent. Candidate Betsy Johnson, a former Democratic state senator received 19 percent support from those surveyed. Nine percent were undecided in the poll.

The state could also be home to multiple competitive congressional races next month.

Rep. Pete DeFazio (D) is retiring and the race for his seat in the 4th Congressional District has tightened. In addition, a district newly created through redistricting could also be competitive.

There is also the state’s 5th Congressional District, where Biden made his lone primary endorsement in backing Rep. Kurt Schraeder (D), who ultimately lost to progressive challenger Jamie McLeod-Skinner. She is now facing Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer in the general election.

The Republican Governors Association spokeswoman Kaitlin Price wrote, “Joe Biden’s disastrous policies continue to hurt Oregon families, and there has been no bigger fan of his out-of-touch approach than Kate Brown, Tina Kotek, and Betsy Johnson,  who have followed suit in exacerbating the affordability crisis in the state.”

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