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Kitzhaber And Richardson Face Off In First Gubernatorial Debate

OPB | July 18, 2014 12:30 p.m. | Updated: July 18, 2014 1:32 p.m.

Governor John Kitzhaber (left) and Dennis Richardson (right)

Governor John Kitzhaber (left) and Dennis Richardson (right)

Governor John Kitzhaber's Press Office / Citizens to Elect Dennis Richardson

Democratic incumbent Governor John Kitzhaber and Republican challenger State Representative Dennis Richardson debated Friday morning at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association convention in Salem. This was the first debate in Oregon’s 2014 gubernatorial race.

An OPB poll ahead of the May primary showed 49 percent of voters believe Kitzhaber should not be reelected, but when asked whether they would vote for Kitzhaber or Richardson, Kitzhaber had a 12 percent lead over his opponent.

OPB reporter Chris Lehman was at the debate and he’ll give us the highlights.


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