In a Year of Women Running for Governor, One Incumbent Finds a Tough Fight

November 02, 2018 / Sabrina Balderama

The New York Times

By Kirk Johnson

October 28, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. — The last Republican governor of Oregon left the State Capitol more than 30 years ago. Yet Gov. Kate Brown, the latest Democrat to hold the office, suddenly finds herself facing a serious challenge from a Republican as she seeks re-election.

“This is shocking,” said Britt Howard, 36, a small-business owner in Portland who grew up in the state and has seen her share of governor’s races. “It’s a pretty big deal that it’s so neck and neck,” Ms. Howard said. “I’ve always felt it was on lockdown — Oregon is going to have a Democratic governor. It’s like a no-brainer.”

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