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United States Senate elections in Oregon, 2014

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in Oregon

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Pending
Incumbent prior to election:
Jeff Merkley Democratic Party
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Race Rating
Pending

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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Oregon will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.
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.[1][2][3]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary by April 29, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 14, 2014.[4]

See also: Oregon elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Jeff Merkley (D). Merkley was first elected in 2008.

Candidates

Declined to run

  • Republican Party Sam Carpenter - Businessman[8]

Race background

Incumbent Jeff Merkley, who was at the time the Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives, defeated two-term Republican incumbent Gordon H. Smith with 49% of the vote in 2008 to win the seat.[9] Merkley is seeking election to a second term in 2014.[10]

Issues

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds 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.[11] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Jeff Merkley voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[12]

Campaign contributions

Jeff Merkley

Jeff Merkley (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]July 2, 2013$544,415.19$1,043,685.19$(61,785.65)$252,302.55
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2013$1,318,743.76$815,968.57$(326,650.87)$1,808,061.46
October Quarterly[15]October 13, 2013$1,808,061.46$908,962.11$(427,275.97)$2,289,747.60
Year-End Quarterly[16]December 31, 2013$2,286,747$1,129,886$(418,415)$3,001,854
Running totals
$3,898,501.87$(1,234,127.49)

Monica Wehby

Monica Wheby (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End Quarterly[17]December 31, 2013$0$501,353$(111,063)$390,289
Running totals
$501,353$(111,063)

Jo Rae Perkins

Jo Rae Perkins (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[18]October 15, 2013$0.00$2,824.46$(1,811.74)$1,012.72
Year-End Quarterly[19]December 31, 2013$1,012$2,110$(2,320)$1,188
Running totals
$4,934.46$(4,131.74)

Jason Conger

Jason Conger (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End Quarterly[20]December 31, 2013$0$213,102$(38,723)$174,379
Running totals
$213,102$(38,723)

Media


Monica Wehby announced her candidacy via video on October 29, 2013.

Monica Wehby (R) announced her candidacy in a web video on October 29, 2013.[21]

"When I talk to small business owners they are very concerned about all these new regulations, new laws, new taxes coming out of Washington D.C.," Wehby said in an accompanying statement. "They don’t know whether to invest and grow their business, or hold back and see what happens to this economy. They don’t feel like they have a senator who is looking out for them.”[21]

Polls

Merkley re-election

Re-election of Jeff Merkley
Poll Re-elect New personDependsUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Magellan Strategies
December 9-10, 2013
39%54%7%5%+/-2.12,039
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Election history

2010

On November 2, 2010, Ron Wyden won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Jim Huffman (R), Bruce Cronk (Working Families), Marc Delphine (Libertarian) and Rick Staggenborg (Progressive) in the general election.[22]

U.S. Senate, Oregon General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngRon Wyden incumbent 57.3% 825,507
     Republican Jim Huffman 39.3% 566,199
     Working Families Bruce Cronk 1.3% 18,940
     Libertarian Marc Delphine 1.1% 16,028
     Progressive Rick Staggenborg 1% 14,466
Total Votes 1,441,140

2008

On November 4, 2008, Jeff Merkley won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Gordon H. Smith (R) and David Brownlow (Constitution) in the general election.[23]

U.S. Senate, Oregon General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Merkley 49.1% 864,392
     Republican Gordon H. Smith 45.7% 805,159
     Constitution David Brownlow 5.3% 92,565
Total Votes 1,762,116

See also

External links

References

  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. Oregon Secretary of State Website, "Learn More About Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. Lane Today, "Four Challenge Merkley’s U.S. Senate Seat for 2014 Election," accessed December 31, 2013
  6. Washington Post, "Pediatric neurosurgeon to challenge Sen. Jeff Merkley," accessed October 29, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Oregonlive.com. "Republican Portland neurosurgeon considering run against Jeff Merkley," accessed October 12, 2013
  8. Oregon Live, "Sam Carpenter drops out of GOP primary for U.S. Senate race in favor of Jason Conger," accessed December 31, 2013
  9. Oregon Livle, "Projection: Jeff Merkley will defeat Gordon Smith in Oregon's U.S. Senate race," accessed October 24, 2013
  10. Portland Tribune, "Conger seeks to unseat Merkley," accessed October 24, 2013
  11. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  12. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Jeff Merkley April Quarterly," accessed August 5, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Jeff Merkley July Quarterly," accessed August 5, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 19, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Monica Wheby Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 19, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 13, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 19, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  21. 21.0 21.1 Washington Post, "Pediatric neurosurgeon to challenge Sen. Jeff Merkley," accessed October 29, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013