2012 elections preview: Oregon voters prepare for congressional and legislative primaries

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May 14, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional and State legislative teams

The fast-moving primary season of May and June continues tomorrow with elections in Idaho, Nebraska and Oregon. In Oregon, voters will decided on five U.S. House races and 74 state legislative seats.

Contested Primaries in Oregon -- May 15, 2012
U.S. House
(5 seats)
State Legislature
(74 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 2 (40%) 6 (8.11%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 3 (60%) 9 (12.16%)

Congress

United States House of Representatives elections in Oregon, 2012

Oregon has 5 U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. A total of 15 candidates have filed to run, made up of 3 Democratic challengers, 7 Republican challengers, and 5 incumbents. Including the three states with primaries tomorrow, a total of 106 U.S. House seats have held primaries. Thus far, 58.02% of possible primaries have been contested. In Oregon, just one incumbent (20%) faces a primary challenge, which is below the national average.

In Oregon's 4th, incumbent Peter DeFazio faces graduate student Matthew L. Robinson in the Democratic primary. Robinson's father, scientist Art Robinson, is running unopposed in the Republican primary; he also ran against DeFazio in 2010. The younger Robinson switched to the Democratic party in order to face DeFazio in the primary.[1]

The other four incumbents are running unopposed: Suzanne Bonamici (D-1st), Greg Walden (R-2nd), Earl Blumenauer (D-3rd), and Kurt Schrader (D-5th).

In the 1st District, Republican challengers Lisa Michaels and Delinda Morgan compete. In the 2nd, Democrats Joyce Segers and John Sweeney will duke it out. Republican voters will choose between Delia Lopez and John Green in the 3rd District, and between Fred Thompson and Karen Bowerman in the 5th.

Members of the U.S. House from Oregon -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 4 4
     Republican Party 1 1
Total 5 5

State legislatures

Oregon State Senate elections, 2012 and Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2012

There are 74 total legislative seats with elections in 2012 -- 14 Senate seats and 60 House seats.

There are 6 (8.11%) contested Democratic primaries and 9 (12.16%) contested Republican primaries. The 10.1% of contested primaries in Oregon is below the current national contested average of 23.42% for states that have had signature filing deadlines.

A total of 10 incumbents -- 3 Republicans and 7 Democrats -- chose not to seek re-election. Of those, 7 are senators and 3 are representatives.

Democrats and Republicans have a nearly equal split in the Oregon State Legislature.

Oregon State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 16 16
     Republican Party 14 14
Total 30 30


Oregon House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 30 34
     Republican Party 30 26
Total 60 60


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