National political analyst: Oregon’s governor race a ‘tossup’

Oregon’s close gubernatorial race between Democratic Gov. Kate Brown and GOP candidate Oregon Rep. Knute Buehler has captured the attention of national political pundits.

On Tuesday, the race made the front page of the Cook Political Report’s website, with analyst Jennifer E. Duffy upgraded the race to a “tossup” – rare territory for an Oregon Democrat holding a governor’s seat in the 2018 mid-terms.

Duffy’s analysis appears to be based on polling showing Brown with a 4- to 5-point lead over Buehler.

Jim Moore, a political scientist and director of the Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation at Pacific University, said Duffy’s report amounts to an outsider looking at polls without local context.

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