Bend businessman Sam Carpenter is one of seven Republicans trying to become the first Republican to win an Oregon governor’s race in 30 years. Carpenter is one of two republicans from the east side of the Cascades, who is taking on the incumbent democrat, current governor Kate Brown.
Right now Governor Kate Brown and Knute Buehler are the clear front-runners in the governor’s race if you are measuring strictly by the millions of dollars both candidates have raised so far for this race. However, Carpenter points to a poll taken in December that shows he would fare slightly better than Buehler in a head-to-head race with Brown.
Carpenter says he has laid the groundwork by meeting people all over the state and will now turn to the challenging task of catching up in the fundraising efforts, but added that money is not always the deciding factor. President Donald Trump spent the least amount of money of any of his primary and general election challenges and still went on to win the White House.