Oregon's 1st congressional district special election, 2012

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2012 United States House of Representatives Special election in Oregon's 1st congressional district
Oregon
2010 ←
January 31, 2012 → 2012

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Nominee Suzanne Bonamici Rob Cornilles
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 111,570 81,985
Percentage 53.8% 39.6%

U.S. Representative before election

David Wu
Democratic

Elected U.S. Representative

Suzanne Bonamici
Democratic

A 2012 special election in Oregon's 1st congressional district was held on January 31, 2012 to fill a seat in the U.S. Congress for Oregon's 1st congressional district, following the resignation of Representative David Wu. Primary elections were held on November 8, 2011, with the Democrats selecting state senator Suzanne Bonamici and the Republicans selecting businessman Rob Cornilles.[1][2]

Bonamici was declared the winner almost as soon as the ballot deadline expired at 8 pm PST.[3] She carried every county in the district except Yamhill County, which Cornilles won by a seven-point margin.[4]

Democratic primary[edit]

Ballots were due for the Democratic primary on November 8, 2011.

Candidates[edit]

The following candidates filed to run in the primary:

Polling[edit]

Poll source Dates administered Brad Avakian Suzanne Bonamici Dominick Hannon Robert Lettin Todd Ritter Dan Strite Brad Witt Other Undecided
Oregonian/KGW October 24–26, 2011 11% 45% 5% 1% 38%
Survey USA October 17–20, 2011 14% 52% 1% 0% 1% 1% 9% 21%

Results[edit]

Democratic Primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Suzanne Bonamici 48,404 65.27%
Democratic Brad Avakian 16,415 22.13%
Democratic Brad Witt 5,870 7.92%
Democratic Dan Strite 1,176 1.59%
Democratic Dominic Hammon 889 1.20%
Democratic Todd Lee Ritter 632 0.85%
Democratic write-ins 454 0.61%
Democratic Saba Ahmed 231 0.31%
Democratic Robert E. Lettin 91 0.12%
Totals 74,162 100%

Republican primary[edit]

Ballots were due for the Republican primary on November 8, 2011.

Candidates[edit]

The following candidates have filed to run in the primary:

Polling[edit]

Poll source Dates administered Rob Cornilles Delinda Delgado-Morgan Pavel Goberman Jim Greenfield Lisa Michaels Undecided
Survey USA October 17–20, 2011 66% 2% 1% 4% 7% 20%

Results[edit]

Republican Primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rob Cornilles 39,500 72.76%
Republican Jim Greenfield 6,222 11.46%
Republican Lisa Michaels 5,597 10.31%
Republican Pavel Goberman 1,629 3.00%
Republican Delinda Delgado-Morgan 831 1.53%
Republican write-ins 507 0.93%
Totals 54,286 100%

Independent primary[edit]

Oregon's cross nomination system, a form of fusion voting, allows a candidate for partisan public office to be nominated by up to three political parties.[8] In November 2011, the Independent Party of Oregon held a primary, announcing the results on November 30. Suzanne Bonamici won the primary and will be able list herself as the nominee of the Independent Party on the general election ballot.

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Independent Party of Oregon primary results[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Suzanne Bonamici 56 64.37%
Republican Rob Cornilles 31 35.63%

Special/general election[edit]

Ballots are due for the special election on January 31, 2012.

Candidates[edit]

The following candidates will be on the ballot:

Polling[edit]

Poll Source Date Administered Suzanne Bonamici (D) Rob Cornilles (R) James Foster (L) Steven Reynolds (OPP) Undecided
Survey USA December 22, 2011 – January 4, 2012 50% 39% 2% 2% 7%
Public Policy Polling/Daily Kos/SEIU December 13–14, 2011 52% 41% 7%

Results[edit]

Oregon's 1st congressional district special election, 2012[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Suzanne Bonamici 111,570 53.82%
Republican Rob Cornilles 81,985 39.55%
Progressive Steven Reynolds 6,679 3.22%
Libertarian James Foster 6,524 3.15%
write-ins 527 0.25%
Totals 207,285 100.0%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Trygstad, Kyle (August 4, 2011). "Oregon Special Election Set for January". Roll Call. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "November 8, 2011 Special Congressional Primary Election: Unofficial Election Results". Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Democrat Suzanne Bonamici wins Oregon special election, replacing David Wu after sex scandal". The Washington Post. January 31, 2012. Retrieved January 31, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Representative in Congress, 1st District". Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Mapes, Jeff (August 15, 2011). "Oregon's 1st District race attracts 13 hopefuls for Republican, Democratic primaries". The Oregonian. Retrieved August 16, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Candidate Filing Search Results: 2011 Special Congressional Primary". Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d Joseph, Cameron (August 3, 2011). "Rep. Wu's 2010 GOP opponent jumps into special election to replace lawmaker". The Hill. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  8. ^ Mapes, Jeff (July 8, 2009). "Kulongoski will sign fusion voting bill". The Oregonian. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Bonamici Wins IPO Nomination for U.S. Representative". Independent Party of Oregon. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  10. ^ Knight, Bruce (September 28, 2011). "LPO picks James Foster for US House of Representatives". Libertarian Party of Oregon. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  11. ^ Mapes, Jeff (November 16, 2011). "Progressive Party candidate wins ballot spot in congressional special election". The Oregonian. Retrieved November 17, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Representative in Congress, 1st District Unofficial Results". Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 

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