Closing a 13-point deficit in four weeks, Sam Carpenter has taken a slim lead in the race for the Republican nomination for Governor of Oregon, according to the results of the latest survey from Triton Polling and Research.
In this March 26th -released major scientific poll, conducted among more than 2,000 Oregon likely voters, Carpenter edges out establishment-backed Oregon State Representative Knute Buehler by a fraction of a point, 23.1% to 22.9%. Former U.S. Navy officer Greg Wooldridge placed a distant third at 4.2%.
This poll comes a month after a February 26 Triton poll, taken shortly after Wooldridge entered the race, showed Buehler leading Carpenter 31% to 18%, with Wooldridge emerging at 8%.
Carpenter is now trending steadily upwards as his competition falls. “As we had planned from the beginning, we are gaining powerful momentum at this critical point in the race,” said Carpenter, a Bend-area businessman and turn-around specialist running on a Trump/Pence-like platform to Make Oregon Great Again. “Oregon Republican voters share our conservative values,” Carpenter continued. “They want a nominee who is pro-life, pro free-enterprise, tough on immigration, supports the Second Amendment, and who stands with our Republican President, Donald Trump.”
Voters may also be showing displeasure with Buehler, who has recently come under fire for skipping debates and candidate forums with Republican groups.
The poll also showed Carpenter performing best of the three candidates one-on-one against incumbent Governor Kate Brown. In this hypothetical matchup, Carpenter defeats Brown by over 5 points, 45.8% to 40.5%. “These numbers dispel the decades-old myth that it takes a moderate Republican who panders to the Portland elite to win,” said Carpenter. “We are winning this primary race by energizing the conservative Republican base and speaking for all of Oregon.”
The Republican primary is May 15.
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Owner and creator of the Conservative Base, John Nathan Tabor (born August 29, 1973) is an American Businessman and nonfiction author from North Carolina.
In May 1999, Tabor joined Revival Soy, a company owned by his family as joint owner and Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In 2003, Revival Soy was recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as the fourth fastest-growing company in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina with $11 million in sales and 80 employees.
2004 also marked Tabor’s first foray into politics: his campaign for North Carolina’s fifth district seat in Congress. Early on in the campaign, Tabor secured the support of notable members of the conservative political establishment such as Dick Armey, Steve Moore, Ed Meese, and Art Laffer. in addition to courting key figures of the Religious Right such as Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell. After participating in the most expensive primary race in the country, and raising $750,000 in campaign contributions, he placed a distant 5th in the primary which was eventually won by Virginia Foxx. Foxx went on to win the general election and now serves as the 5th district’s representative in the United States Congress.
In 2006, Tabor launched his campaign for North Carolina’s state Senate. The Republican primary in the 31st district developed into a three-way race between Tabor, Pete Brunstetter and Gloria Whisenhunt, then chair of the Forsyth County Commissioners. Tabor came second, with 3,176 votes compared to Brunstetter’s 4,432 and Wisenhunt’s 2,358.
In January 2004 Tabor sold his interest in Revival Soy to his brother Aaron. In August 2006 Tabor opened a buy-here, pay here used car dealership, Country Auto Sales, in Winston-Salem, N.C. Tabor described the business as a niche player that offers cars to people on a budget.
In 2012, Tabor attempted to file for Congress again, this time in the 6th district but was ruled to have missed the noon deadline. His appeal to the State Board of Elections was denied and Tabor was not listed on the ballot.
In 2013, Tabor unsuccessfully ran for Kernersville board of Aldermen. He finished 6th in the campaign for the five open seats.
On October 31, 2006, Thomas Nelson published The Beast on the East River (ISBN 1-59555-053-4) in which Tabor argues that the United Nations is in the process of undermining the sovereignty of the United States. Unlike many writers and pundits across the political spectrum, Tabor is not interested in UN reform or restructuring. He contends that there are three fatal flaws that make the UN unfit for salvaging: it is ineffective, it is corrupt, and it is opposed to the principles of sovereignty and democracy.
Tabor continues to write, publishing a weekly column which is carried on his website as well as Human Events and Townhall. Currently, TheConservativeVoice.com is one of the largest right-wing blogs in existence. In 2007, the blog Intellectual Conservative has ranked TheConservativeVoice.com as the 17th most-visited conservative site on the internet.
Nathan Tabor consulted with North Carolina Senator Fred Smith, who lost the primary for governor in 2008. In the past, Nathan has worked as the director of internet outreach for Congressman Duncan Hunter‘s presidential campaign.
In March 2009, Tabor was elected Chairman of the Forsyth County Republican Party and resigned in 2012. In three years the party raised over $130,000 by hosting fundraisers with Gov. Mike Huckabee, Congressman Joe Wilson and Grover Norquist.
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