Virginia's Youngkin to campaign with Oregon GOP gubernatorial candidate Christine Drazan following Biden visit

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Virginia Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin will be heading to Oregon next week to join GOP gubernatorial candidate Christine Drazan on the campaign trail. 

Youngkin will appear alongside Drazan at a campaign rally on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Aurora, Oregon – about 25 miles south of Portland. 

“I could not be more excited to announce that Governor (Glenn Youngkin) will be joining us on the trail next week,” Drazan tweeted. 

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Youngkin’s scheduled appearance will follow President Biden’s visit on Friday and Saturday, to campaign for Drazan’s Democratic rival, Tina Kotek. 

Oregon GOP gubernatorial candidate Christine Drazan poses with supporters.

Oregon GOP gubernatorial candidate Christine Drazan poses with supporters.
(Christine Drazan Campaign)

Drazan and Kotek appear to be neck and neck and the endorsements of high-profile people like Youngkin and Biden underscore Oregon as a battleground state going into the November midterms. 

Should Drazan win, she would be the first GOP governor since Victor Atiyeh, who was elected in 1978 and re-elected in 1982. 

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“Oregonians are ready to elect a Republican governor for the first time in 40 years because they are tired of the sky-rocketing crime, inflation, homelessness, and poor education system that Democrat leadership has given them,” Kristin Davison, political adviser to Gov. Youngkin said in a statement. “The governor looks forward to bringing the Virginia spirit to Oregon next week.” 

FILE: Glenn Youngkin and his wife Suzanne arrive to be sworn in as Virginias 74th governor  on the front steps of the Virginia State Capitol on January 15, 2022 in Richmond, VA . 

FILE: Glenn Youngkin and his wife Suzanne arrive to be sworn in as Virginias 74th governor  on the front steps of the Virginia State Capitol on January 15, 2022 in Richmond, VA . 
(John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

She noted that pundits were dismissive of a possible Republican gubernatorial victory in Virginia around this time last year. 

 “Virginians came together last year and stood up for parents, better schools, safer streets, and lower cost of living. Virginians turned a culture of defeat into a spirit of winning when they elected Governor Youngkin,” she said. “Oregonians are about to do the same on November 8 when they elect Christine Drazan their next governor.”

L-R: Oregon GOP gubernatorial candidate Christine Drazan and Virginia Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin.

L-R: Oregon GOP gubernatorial candidate Christine Drazan and Virginia Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin.
(Fox News; Getty Images)

Biden’s visit to Oregon is part of his three-state swing out West to promote his administration’s accomplishments and rally his party. 

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The president arrived in Vail, Colorado, on Wednesday and will head to California to headline a fundraiser for the House Democrat’s campaign arm before heading to Oregon. 

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.   

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