Nike Co-Founder Phil Knight Backs GOP In Oregon Gov. Race

Nike's Knight Backs End to Oregon Dem Gov

  • Nike co-founder Phil Knight is supporting a Republican seeking the Oregon governorship this November, in a bid to stop the Democratic office-seeker from taking control.
  • Knight has sent $1 million to Republican Christine Drazan and a further $3.75 million to independent candidate Betsy Johnson, all in a bid to stop Democrat Tina Kotek from winning, according to the New York Post.
  • Knight initially backed Johnson, but switched to Drazan due to the independent’s sagging poll numbers.
  • Oregon is facing a rare, three-way gubernatorial race in which an independent candidate has significant pull with the electorate.
  • The RealClearPolitics polling average shows Drazan with an average 3% lead, with 37.3% support, to Kotek’s 34.3% and Johnson’s 16%.
  • “Nike has good leadership,” he said of the matter to the New York Times. “They make choices, whatever they want, but I think I’m more conservative than Nike.”
  • Oregon’s last Republican governor was Victor Atiyeh, who left office in 1987.
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