Oregon gubernatorial election, 2014

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

  John Kitzhaber.jpg
Nominee John Kitzhaber Dennis Richardson
Party Democratic Republican

Incumbent Governor

John Kitzhaber
Democratic

The 2014 Oregon gubernatorial election will be held on November 4, 2014, to elect the Governor of Oregon. Primary elections were held on May 20, 2014. Incumbent Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber is running for re-election to a fourth overall and second consecutive four-year term in office. If Kitzhaber is re-elected and serves out his term, he will become the second longest-serving governor in U.S. history.[1]

Background[edit]

Physician and then-President of the Oregon State Senate John Kitzhaber was first elected Governor in 1994. He was re-elected in 1998. Term limits prevented him from running again in 2002. He considered running again in 2006, but decided not to and incumbent Democrat Ted Kulongoski was re-elected. In September 2009, Kitzhaber announced that he would seek a third term as Governor in 2010.[2] In May 2010, he won the Democratic primary with 65% of the vote, defeating former Secretary of State of Oregon Bill Bradbury.[3] 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[6]
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 hasn't won a statewide race in Oregon since incumbent Senator Gordon H. Smith was re-elected in 2002 and a Republican hasn't 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.[7][8]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

  • Tim Carr, businessman[9]
  • Gordon Challstrom, businessman[10]
  • Bruce Cuff, real estate broker[11]
  • Darren Karr, businessman and candidate for Governor in 2010[4]
  • Mae Rafferty, timber merchant[12]
  • Dennis Richardson, State Representative[13]

Withdrew[edit]

  • Jon Justesen, businessman and rancher[14]

Declined[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[6]
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%

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
John
Kitzhaber (D)
Dennis
Richardson (R)
Other Undecided
Moore Information^ August 5–9, 2014 500 ± 4% 45% 41% 13%
SurveyUSA/KATU August 1–5, 2014 564 ± 4.2% 48% 36% 7% 9%
CBS News/New York Times 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/KATU 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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ostermeier, Eric (December /10/2013). "Kitzhaber Launches Bid to Become 2nd Longest-Serving Governor in History". Smart Politics. 
  2. ^ Mapes, Jeff (September 2, 2009). "Kitzhaber files committee to run for governor". OregonLive.com. 
  3. ^ Kitzhaber, Dudley To Face Off For Governor - Your Vote News Story - KPTV Portland
  4. ^ a b Christian Gaston (March 11, 2014). "Election 2014: Who filed for Oregon statewide and congressional office". The Oregonian. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ Esteve, Harry (December 9, 2013). "John Kitzhaber announces for historic fourth term". The Oregonian. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "May 20, 2014 Primary Election Abstract of Votes: Governor". Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  7. ^ Mapes, Jeff (March 10, 2013). "Republicans search for ways to revive GOP brand in Oregon". The Oregonian. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  8. ^ Mapes, Jeff (March 8, 2013). "At Dorchester Conference, Oregon Republicans ponder how to restore their party". The Oregonian. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ Esteve, Harry (January 9, 2014). "Another Republican files to run for Oregon governor". The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon). Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ Gaston, Christian (July 24, 2013). "Oregon Rep. Dennis Richardson announces run for governor". The Oregonian. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  14. ^ Mapes, Jeff (January 30, 2014). "Republican Jon Justesen, questioning his party's priorities, drops bid for Oregon governorship". The Oregonian. Retrieved January 31, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Chris Dudley, ending his political aspirations, says move to San Diego makes sense for his family". Oregon Live. April 7, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Bruce Hanna decides not to run for re-election -- or, for now, another seat: Oregon politics today". Oregon Live. September 20, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Gordon Smith finds happiness in private sector, has no plans to seek office". Oregon Live. August 6, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Republicans Pick Walden as New NRCC Chairman". Roll Call. November 14, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Official campaign websites