GOP isn't sweating minor parties in Oregon governor's race

Townhall.com Staff
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Posted: Oct 28, 2010 4:03 PM
On the surface, you might think Oregon Republicans would fear having support for their candidate for governor drained off by third-party candidates from the political right.

After all, Libertarian Wes Wagner and Constitution Party candidate Greg Kord are promising much more dramatic reductions in government than Republican Chris Dudley -- and there's no comparable third-party candidate on the left to compete for votes with Democrat John Kitzhaber.

But neither Kord nor Wagner has the celebrity of some recent third-party candidates who have had an impact on statewide races in Oregon. A poll for The Oregonian shows Kord with support from 2 percent of voters and Wagner with backing from 1 percent.