United States Senate election in Oregon, 2002

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United States Senate election in Oregon, 2002
Oregon
1996 ←
November 5, 2002
→ 2008

  Gordon Smith official portrait.jpg Bill Bradbury.jpg
Nominee Gordon Smith Bill Bradbury
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 712,287 501,898
Percentage 56.21% 39.61%

Oregon 2002 US Senator.svg

County Results

Senator before election

Gordon Smith
Republican

Elected Senator

Gordon Smith
Republican

The 2002 United States Senate election in Oregon was held on November 5, 2002. Incumbent Republican United States Senator Gordon Smith ran for re-election to a second term. Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury emerged as the Democratic nominee, and though a competitive gubernatorial election occurred at the same time, Bradbury's campaign was never able to gain traction and Smith overwhelmingly won re-election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bill Bradbury 279,792 85.89%
Democratic Craig Hanson 27,472 8.43%
Democratic Greg Haven 13,995 4.30%
Democratic Write-ins 4,480 1.38%
Totals 325,739 100.00%

Republican primary[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gordon Smith (inc.) 306,504 98.89%
Republican Write-ins 3,439 1.11%
Totals 309,943 100.00%

General election[edit]

Campaign[edit]

Smith, who had only served one term in the U.S. Senate, had slightly lower than a 50% approval rating before the summer of 2002 began.[2] By July 2002, Smith had raised over $5 million, while Bradbury raised only about $1 million.[3]

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in Oregon, 2002[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Gordon Smith (inc.) 712,287 56.21% +6.41%
Democratic Bill Bradbury 501,898 39.61% -6.30%
Libertarian Dan Fitzgerald 29,979 2.37% +1.43%
Constitution Lon Mabon 21,703 1.71%
Write-ins 1,354 0.11%
Majority 210,389 16.60% +12.71%
Turnout 1,267,221
Republican hold Swing

References[edit]