Oregon's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

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Oregon's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Earl Blumenauer Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Democratic[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]

Oregon U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd Congressional District of Oregon will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Earl Blumenauer (D) will face James Buchal, who is running as a Republican and independent candidate, Jeffrey Langan (L) and Michael Meo (Pacific Green Party) in the general election. Blumenauer and Buchal did not face primary challengers.[3] The race is rated a "Safe Democrat" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[4]
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 11, 2014
May 20, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Oregon is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[5][6][7]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 29, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 14, 2014.[8]

See also: Oregon elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Earl Blumenauer (D), who was first elected in 1976.

Oregon's 3rd Congressional District is located in the northeastern corner of the state and includes Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah counties, was well as Portland.[9]


General election candidates

May 20, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary


Below are important votes that Blumenauer cast during the 113th Congress.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[13] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[14] Earl Blumenauer voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[15]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[16] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Earl Blumenauer voted for HR 2775.[17]

Campaign contributions

Earl Blumenauer

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Blumenauer’s reports.[18]

Earl Blumenauer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2013$632,645.24$43,190.68$(60,209.01)$615,626.91
July Quarterly[20]July 15, 2013$615,626.91$180,409.02$(116,523.56)$679,512.37
October Quarterly[21]October 13, 2013$679,512.37$198,172.60$(128,954.99)$748,729.98
Year-End Quarterly[22]December 31, 2013$748,729$113,869$(73,679)$758,478
April Quarterly[23]April 15, 2014$758,478.59$149,601.48$(225,012.39)$683,067.68
Running totals

District history

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The 3rd Congressional District of Oregon held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. Incumbent Earl Blumenauer defeated three challengers to win re-election on November 6, 2012.[24]

U.S. House, Oregon District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEarl Blumenauer Incumbent 74.5% 264,979
     Republican Ronald Green 19.8% 70,325
     Progressive Woodrow Broadnax 3.7% 13,159
     Libertarian Michael Cline 1.9% 6,640
     N/A Write-in 0.2% 772
Total Votes 355,875
Source: Oregon Secretary of State


On November 2, 2010, Earl Blumenauer won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Delia Lopez (R), Michael Meo (Progressive) and Jeff Lawrence (L) in the general election.[25]

U.S. House, Oregon District 3 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEarl Blumenauer incumbent 70.1% 193,104
     Republican Delia Lopez 24.6% 67,714
     Progressive Michael Meo 2.3% 6,197
     Libertarian Jeff Lawrence 3% 8,380
Total Votes 275,395

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR AUGUST 8, 2014," accessed August 15, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 15, 2014
  3. Associated Press, "Oregon - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014
  4. Roll Call, "2014 Election Race Ratings," accessed August 18, 2014
  5. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  7. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  8. Oregon Secretary of State Website, "Learn More About Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  9. Oregon Redistricting Map "Map" accessed August 9, 2012
  10. 10.0 10.1 Associated Press, "Oregon - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Oregon Secretary of State, "Candidate Filing Search Results," accessed August 14, 2014
  12. Federal Election Commission, "James Laurence Buchal 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 23, 2013
  13. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  15. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  17. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Earl Blumenauer 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  24. Oregon Live, "2012 General Election Results," November 7, 2012
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013