Oregon’s far-left Democratic governor who was expected to easily win re-election in November has been losing ground in her campaign, and Antifa may be partly to blame, the Blaze reported.
Incumbent Gov. Kate Brown has been in office since 2015 Oregon, which is one of the most left-wing states in the nation. She has been a leading anti-Trump liberal and was the first openly bisexual to be elected governor in the U.S.
Brown has based much of her campaign on opposing President Donald Trump. In June, she strengthened the state’s sanctuary laws, in direct opposition to Trump’s immigration policies. Last summer, she signed a bill making her state the first to offer free abortions for all by requiring health insurers to cover abortions.
Brown’s opponent, Republican state Rep. Knute Buehler, is also no fan of Trump.
The Blaze reported:
“Brown’s prospects have slowly been dropping off all year. In January, a poll by Portland-based DHM research had Brown leading Buehler (who at that point had not yet won the GOP nomination) by 17 percentage points (46 percent to 29 percent).
“In February, Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight, the Cook Political Report, Inside Elections, and Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball rated this election as ‘likely Democratic.’
“On Aug. 2, a poll released by Clout Research showed Buehler pulling into the lead, 43.1 percent to 41.9 percent.
“Since then, both the Cook Political Report and Sabato have changed their predictions from ‘likely Democratic’ to ‘leans Democratic.'”
The Washington Timesspoke with a former Brown supporter who said that he was appalled when he saw Antifa protesters climb onto the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Portland, tear down the American flag, and wave the Antifa flag in his place.
“It just goes to a lack of true leadership because that’s chaos. I feel like the state is in chaos. And it feels awful,” the supporter, Ben West, said. “It’s not the Oregon I know and grew up in.”
“On paper, West should be one of Brown’s staunchest supporters. He and his now husband were plaintiffs in Oregon’s gay-marriage lawsuit, and he voted for Brown in her last election. However, he has grown weary of Brown’s lack of leadership.”
“She’s had an opportunity, but we’re continuing to spiral down,” West told the Times. “The ship is sinking, and the captain is nowhere to be found.”