PORTLAND, OR - Now that Dennis Richardson has secured the Republican nomination to face Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber in November, his next test will be raising enough money to introduce himself to voters before Kitzhaber beats him to it.
National Republicans have been eager to tear Kitzhaber apart over the botched rollout of the state's health insurance exchange, Cover Oregon. But it remains to be seen whether they'll provide the money to help Richardson drive home his case against the better-known incumbent.
The Republican Governors Association says the group "is proud to support Richardson's campaign" but hasn't offered any specifics about how it will do so.
Kitzhaber and his allies have largely sat on the sidelines during the primary but are likely to ratchet up their efforts to define Richardson their own way.