The Oregon Republican Party confirmed to Fox 12 that vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan will visit Oregon on Sept. 10, for a fundraiser and rally.
Fox 12 political analyst Tim Hibbitts said the trip is noteworthy because Oregon is a state that leaned heavily toward Barack Obama in the last election. Hibbitts said the president won by nearly 17 points.
Hibbitts said a Republican victory is possible, but not likely. He thinks the margin of victory for Obama will be smaller.
"I think President Obama's victory in Oregon right now is going to be in the mid single digits – much reduced from what it was last time," said Hibbitts. "But, that's still a far cry from saying the state is genuinely in play."
Ryan's trip is likely political gamesmanship to make the Democrats concerned about one of their strongholds, Hibbitts said.
"I think he's more interested in raising money than he is actually believing they are going to put Oregon and/or Washington into play," said Hibbitts. "If we see Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan in Oregon in October that would be a sign that they believe they can genuinely win the state."
There is no word yet on where the Ryan rally will be held.
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