A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state finds Kitzhaber earning 48% of the vote, his best showing to date, while Dudley receives 46% support. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are not sure.
This is the first polling (that I'm aware of) since their televised KGW debate. Perhaps this is why Dudley has been so reticent to show up in front of cameras or microphones to actually talk issues with Kitz. Dudley has clearly taken a hit in the polls with Rasmussen. The previous Rasmussen survey had Dudley at 49% and Kitz at 44%.
This current poll was taken exactly one month from the previous poll. Does this mean Oregonians are coming home to Kitzhaber? In my experience, Rasmussen tends to lean toward Republicans in their polling. I'm not sure we can say definitively yet that Kitz has grabbed the lead. But this is clearly not a good morning over at Team Dudley.