Oregon gubernatorial election, 2014

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Oregon gubernatorial election, 2014
Oregon
2010 ←
November 4, 2014 → 2018

  Governor Kitzhaber.jpg No image.svg
Nominee John Kitzhaber Dennis Richardson
Party Democratic Republican
Alliance Working Families Independent
Popular vote 733,230 648,542
Percentage 49.9% 44.1%

Oregon Governor Election Results by County, 2014.svg

County results

Governor before election

John Kitzhaber
Democratic

Elected Governor

John Kitzhaber
Democratic

The 2014 Oregon gubernatorial election was held on November 4, 2014, to elect the Governor of Oregon, concurrently with other in Oregon and across the United States.

Incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber defeated Republican state legislator Dennis Richardson, winning his fourth overall, and second consecutive, four-year term as governor.[1] The race was closer than expected due to recent revelations of potential ethical violations involving his fianceé, Cynthia Hayes.[1] Most news outlets had called the election in his favor by 9:00 p.m. on election night, and with Kitzhaber thanking his supporters for a successful race, Richardson refused to concede due to the close tally.[2] Four third party candidates also appeared on the ballot, with each winning less than 2% of the vote.

Kitzhaber and Richardson were nominated in the primary election on May 20, 2014.

If Kitzhaber serves his full term, he will become the second longest-serving governor in U.S. history.[3]

Background[edit]

Physician and then-President of the Oregon State Senate John Kitzhaber was first elected governor in 1994, and was re-elected in 1998. Term limits prevented him from running in 2002. He considered running in 2006, but decided not to; incumbent Democrat Ted Kulongoski was re-elected. In September 2009, Kitzhaber announced that he would seek a third term as governor in 2010.[4] In May 2010, he won the Democratic primary with 65% of the vote, defeating former Secretary of State of Oregon Bill Bradbury.[5] After a close general election campaign, Kitzhaber won the election with 49% to Republican nominee Chris Dudley's 48%.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Kitzhaber 268,654 89.0%
Democratic Ifeanyichukwu C Diru 27,833 9.22%
write-ins 5,388 1.78%
Totals 301,875 100%

Republican primary[edit]

A Republican has not won a statewide race in Oregon since incumbent Senator Gordon H. Smith was re-elected in 2002 and a Republican has not been elected Governor since Victor G. Atiyeh was re-elected in 1982. At the annual Dorchester Conference for activists in March 2013, Oregon Republicans acknowledged the difficulties they faced. At the Conference, "the lack of activity was so pronounced that the conference's Saturday night satirical show ran a video that began with an announcer intoning, "Now we go live to the 2014 Republican governor's debate." The camera then panned over a debate stage with two empty chairs, the monotony broken only by a broom-wielding janitor." High-profile Republicans have all passed on the election and while attendees split on whether the party needed to change its policies, they agreed that the party needed to be a "big tent" again.[9][10]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

  • Tim Carr, businessman[11]
  • Gordon Challstrom, businessman[12]
  • Bruce Cuff, real estate broker[13]
  • Darren Karr, businessman and candidate for Governor in 2010[6]
  • Mae Rafferty, timber merchant[14]
  • Dennis Richardson, State Representative[15]

Withdrew[edit]

  • Jon Justesen, businessman and rancher[16]

Declined[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dennis Richardson 163,695 65.86%
Republican Gordon Challstrom 24,693 9.93%
Republican Bruce Cuff 23,912 9.62%
Republican Mae Rafferty 16,920 6.8%
Republican Tim Carr 14,847 5.97%
Republican Darren Karr 2,474 1.0%
write-ins 2,011 0.8%
Totals 248,552 100%

Third parties[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Additionally, under Oregon's Electoral fusion law, Democratic nominee John Kitzhaber has been nominated by the Working Families Party of Oregon, and Republican nominee Dennis Richardson has been nominated by the Independent Party of Oregon.[21]

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
John
Kitzhaber (D)
Dennis
Richardson (R)
Other Undecided
Elway Research October 26–27, 2014 403 ± 5% 45% 38% 2%[22] 9%
SurveyUSA October 23–27, 2014 552 ± 4.3% 50% 40% 6% 5%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov October 16–23, 2014 1,421 ± 4% 48% 42% 1% 10%
SurveyUSA October 16–19, 2014 561 ± 4.2% 51% 38% 6% 6%
DHM Research October 2014  ? ± 4.3% 50% 29% 6% 15%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov September 20–October 1, 2014 1,508 ± 3% 49% 42% 0% 8%
SurveyUSA September 22–24, 2014 568 ± 4.2% 50% 38% 5% 8%
Rasmussen Reports September 2–3, 2014 750 ± 4% 48% 38% 4% 10%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov August 18–September 2, 2014 1,541 ± 4% 48% 42% 1% 8%
Moore Information^ August 5–9, 2014 500 ± 4% 45% 41% 13%
SurveyUSA August 1–5, 2014 564 ± 4.2% 48% 36% 7% 9%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov July 5–24, 2014 2,082 ± 2.6% 52% 42% 1% 5%
On Message, Inc.^ June 22–24, 2014 600 ± 4% 42% 38% 16%
SurveyUSA June 5–9, 2014 560 ± 4.2% 48% 35% 10% 7%
Public Policy Polling May 22–27, 2014 956 ± 3.2% 49% 36% 15%
DHM Research May 2014 400 ± 4.9% 48% 36% 16%
Vox Populi Polling April 28–30, 2014 618 ± 3.9% 44% 44% 12%
Harper Polling April 1–2, 2014 670 ± 3.91% 46% 43% 11%
  • ^ Internal poll for Dennis Richardson campaign

Results[edit]

United gubernatorial election in Oregon, 2014, results[23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Kitzhaber 733,230 49.89%
Republican Dennis Richardson 648,542 44.13%
Pacific Green Jason Levin 29,561 2.01%
Libertarian Paul Grad 21,903 1.49%
Constitution (Oregon) Aaron Auer 15,929 1.08%
Progressive Chris Henry 13,898 0.95%
write-ins 6,654 0.45%
Totals 1,469,717 100%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gunderson, Laura (November 5, 2014). "John Kitzhaber asks Oregon lawmakers to leave behind 'difficult campaign,' start healing". The Oregonian. 
  2. ^ Gunderson, Laura (November 4, 2014). "Dennis Richardson refuses to concede, John Kitzhaber thanks voters for a fourth term: Oregon election results 2014". The Oregonian. 
  3. ^ Ostermeier, Eric (December 10, 2013). "Kitzhaber Launches Bid to Become 2nd Longest-Serving Governor in History". Smart Politics. 
  4. ^ Mapes, Jeff (September 2, 2009). "Kitzhaber files committee to run for governor". OregonLive.com. 
  5. ^ Kitzhaber, Dudley To Face Off For Governor - Your Vote News Story - KPTV Portland
  6. ^ a b Christian Gaston (March 11, 2014). "Election 2014: Who filed for Oregon statewide and congressional office". The Oregonian. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ Esteve, Harry (December 9, 2013). "John Kitzhaber announces for historic fourth term". The Oregonian. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "May 20, 2014 Primary Election Abstract of Votes: Governor". Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  9. ^ Mapes, Jeff (March 10, 2013). "Republicans search for ways to revive GOP brand in Oregon". The Oregonian. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  10. ^ Mapes, Jeff (March 8, 2013). "At Dorchester Conference, Oregon Republicans ponder how to restore their party". The Oregonian. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  11. ^ Esteve, Harry (January 13, 2014). "Portland businessman becomes latest to join growing group of Republican candidates for governor". The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon). Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  12. ^ Esteve, Harry (January 9, 2014). "Another Republican files to run for Oregon governor". The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon). Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  13. ^ Esteve, Harry (January 6, 2014). "Salem-area real estate broker, Bruce Cuff, enters Republican primary for governor". The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon). Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  14. ^ a b Gaston, Christian (March 10, 2014). "Allen Alley, former gubernatorial hopeful, won't challenge Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber". The Oregonian. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  15. ^ Gaston, Christian (July 24, 2013). "Oregon Rep. Dennis Richardson announces run for governor". The Oregonian. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  16. ^ Mapes, Jeff (January 30, 2014). "Republican Jon Justesen, questioning his party's priorities, drops bid for Oregon governorship". The Oregonian. Retrieved January 31, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Chris Dudley, ending his political aspirations, says move to San Diego makes sense for his family". Oregon Live. April 7, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Bruce Hanna decides not to run for re-election -- or, for now, another seat: Oregon politics today". Oregon Live. September 20, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Gordon Smith finds happiness in private sector, has no plans to seek office". Oregon Live. August 6, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Republicans Pick Walden as New NRCC Chairman". Roll Call. November 14, 2012. 
  21. ^ a b c d e "Oregon Secretary Of State". Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  22. ^ Aaron Auer (C)
  23. ^ "November 4, 2014, General Election, Official Abstract of Votes: Governor". Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Official campaign websites