Dudley widens gap over Kitzhaber in SurveyUSA poll

Dudley widens gap over Kitzhaber in SurveyUSA poll
Democrat John Kitzhaber and Republican Chris Dudley.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Republican Chris Dudley is widening the gap over his Democratic opponent, John Kitzhaber, in the race for Oregon’s governor, a new KATU News/SurveyUSA poll released Wednesday found.

Dudley garnered 49 percent to Kitzhaber’s 43 percent of 562 likely voters surveyed. Seven weeks ago a KATU News/SurveyUSA poll found Dudley getting 46 percent of the vote to Kitzhaber’s 44 percent.

According to the pollsters, Dudley is doing well among men and independents, leading Kitzhaber by 19 points and 33 points respectively.

The pollsters note, however, that Kitzhaber has gained ground with women and may be making progress with older voters.

Constitution Party candidate Greg Kord got 3 percent while Libertarian Wes Wagner got 2 percent. Three percent said they were undecided.

The poll has a margin of error of 4.2 percent.

The poll also found that Democrat Ron Wyden has a strong lead over Republican Jim Huffman 54 percent to 38 percent in Oregon’s U.S. Senate race.

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The Race for Governor - KATU.com interviews with Chris Dudley and John Kitzhaber

(Click on the pictures below to watch and read about the candidates' ideas on jobs and the economy)