Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Oregon Congressional Seats

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search

November 2, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

Oregon's Congressional Elections in 2012
U.S. Senate Election? U.S. House seats Possible competitive races?
No 5 1 (5th)

SALEM: Oregon: Oregon has five U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. All five incumbents are running for re-election and face at least one challenger in the general election (100%).

District 4 incumbent Peter DeFazio (D) was the only incumbent to draw a primary opponent, putting Oregon below the national average for contested primaries. Matthew L. Robinson became a Democrat for the sole purpose of challenging DeFazio in the primary, while Art Robinson, Matthew Robinson's father and DeFazio's opponent from the 2010 election, ran unopposed in Republican primary. On May 15th, DeFazio won the Democratic nomination, locking in a rematch against the elder Robinson.[1] He will defend his seat in the general election along with the other four district incumbents: Suzanne Bonamici (D-1), Greg Walden (R-2), Earl Blumenauer (D-3), and Kurt Schrader (D-5).

Currently, the Democratic Party holds four of the five Congressional seats from Oregon. According to race ratings, no partisan switches are likely to occur, however one race - for the 5th District seat occupied by Democrat Kurt Schrader- is considered slightly more competitive this year due to redistricting.[2][3] Schrader is seeking a third term in 2012. He will square off with Republican businessman Fred Thompson, Raymond Baldwin (Constitution), and Christina Jean Lugo (Pacific Green Party).

Oregon is an elections by mail state, however a voter can still vote on Election Day at their local municipal clerks office 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM Pacific Time.[4] Oregon is split between the Mountain and Pacific time zones.

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times (2012)

Here is a complete list of U.S. House candidates appearing on the general election ballot in Oregon:

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
 Congressional Redistricting Map, approved June 2011 

For more information, view Redistricting in Oregon.


See also