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Poll: Kitzhaber, Merkley still up

New York Times/CBS News survey shows tighter race for governor than for senator.


A new New York Times/CBS News poll has Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber up by 6 points over Republican Dennis Richardson, and Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley by 12 points over Republican Monica Wehby.

The poll was conducted online with 1,421 respondents between Oct. 16 and 23. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

The poll was conducted by YouGov.com, which constructs an online survey based on a representative sample, instead of telephone calls.

In the race for governor, Kitzhaber was up over Richardson, 48 percent to 42 percent; 1 percent favored someone else. In a similar survey conducted Sept. 20-Oct. 1, it was Kitzhaber 49 percent, Richardson 42 percent.

When “leaners” are excluded from the current poll, it was Kitzhaber 44 percent, Richardson 40 percent.

The poll was conducted during the period of news disclosures about Kitzhaber’s fiancée, Cylvia Hayes. They include questions about conflict of interest between her role as first lady and her private consulting business, and her admission of a sham marriage to an 18-year-old Ethiopian immigrant back in 1997 — five years before she and Kitzhaber met — to enable the immigrant to stay in the United States.

Kitzhaber is seeking a fourth nonconsecutive term as governor. Richardson is a six-term state representative from Southern Oregon.

In the race for senator, Merkley led Wehby, 51 percent to 39 percent. In a similar survey conducted Sept. 20-Oct. 1, it was Merkley 49 percent, Wehby 35 percent, and someone else, 1 percent.

When “leaners” are excluded from the current poll, it was Merkley 47 percent, Wehby 36 percent.

Merkley is seeking a second six-year term. Wehby, a physician from Portland, is making her first bid for public office.

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