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Former NYT Columnist Kristof Kicks Off Oregon Governor’s Race

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Democrat, has a limited term. The job will likely remain in Democrats’ hands, and Kristof is far from a frontrunner in the field. He is entering a primary to replace Brown who also includes State House of Representatives Speaker Tina Kotek, State Treasurer Tobias Read and several other candidates. State Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is also reportedly considering a leak.

The Republican field includes Bud Pierce, a doctor who was the party’s candidate in a 2016 special election. Brown beat Pierce by about 7 points that year.

Elsewhere on the governor’s map: New Mexico Republican Mark Ronchetti, a television meteorologist who ran unsuccessfully for the then-open seat in the state’s Senate last year, also launched his bid for his state’s governor on Wednesday. .

Ronchetti launched with a very critical video Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, who has already announced she will run for a new term. He’s joining a crowded estate, but he probably has the highest profile statewide due to his old job and previous campaign.

He lost to Democratic Senator Ben Ray Luján in 2020 by around six points. President Joe Biden took the state by around 10 points in 2020, and Lujan Grisham beat the then representative. Steve Pearce by 14 points in 2018 to overthrow the governorship.

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