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
Jeff Merkley.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Likely Democratic[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Likely D[2]


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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. Incumbent Jeff Merkley, who is running as a Democrat, Independent, Working Families Party candidate and a Progressive candidate, will face Monica Wehby (R), Mike Montchalin (L), James Leuenberger (Constitution) and Christina Jean Lugo (Pacific Green Party) in the general election.[3][4] Merkley defeated Pavel Goberman and William Bryk in the Democratic primary. Wehby defeated state Representative Jason Conger, Jo Rae Perkins, Mark Allen Callahan and Timothy Crawley in the Republican primary.[5] The race is rated a "Democrat Favored" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[6]
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.[7][8][9]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 29, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 14, 2014.[10]

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

General election candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Withdrew from race

Declined to run

  • Republican Party Sam Carpenter - Businessman[16]

Election results

Democratic primary

U.S. Senate, Oregon Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Merkley Incumbent 93.2% 256,365
William Bryk 3.9% 10,791
Pavel Goberman 2.9% 7,979
Total Votes 275,135
Source: Results via Associated Press

Republican primary

U.S. Senate, Oregon Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMonica Wehby 50.3% 128,911
Jason Conger 37.6% 96,497
Mark Allen Callahan 6.8% 17,427
Jo Rae Perkins 2.8% 7,275
Timothy Crawley 2.4% 6,209
Total Votes 256,319
Source: Results via Associated Press

After winning the nomination, Wehby had this to say: "I do have a message for those national Democrats who were willing to shred my family for their own political gain: People are tired of your dirty tricks. Tonight, we're sending the message that this Senate race will not be decided by the kind of ugly politics that people in Oregon and across the country are so sick of."[17]

Race background

2008 election

Incumbent Jeff Merkley, who was Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives at the time, defeated two-term Republican incumbent Gordon H. Smith with 49 percent of the vote in 2008 to win the seat.[18] Merkley is seeking election to a second term in 2014.[19]

"Deeply flawed"

Before the Republican primary results were announced, Merkley released a statement calling Wehby and Conger "deeply flawed candidates.” He added that they "support a national Republican agenda that would hurt Oregon."[20]

Plagiarism

Wehby deleted elements of her campaign website after she was accused of copying healthcare and economic plans from other sources and presenting them as her own. According to the Huffington Post, her healthcare reform plan, "contains sections that bear a remarkable resemblance to the wording in a survey done for Crossroads GPS, a group founded by GOP strategist Karl Rove." In addition, Lindsey O'Brien, a Merkley campaign spokesperson, said in a statement that "Monica Wehby copied Mitt Romney's tax plan, plagiarized Karl Rove's health care plan and lifted the rest of her anti-middle class agenda straight from the oil billionaire Koch brothers."[21]

Wehby's campaign released the following statement in response to the plagiarism allegation: "These website pages were authored by staff who are no longer employed by the campaign and were immediately removed once brought to our attention."[21]

On September 25, 2014, Merkley released the ad, "Cut and Paste," which focused on the accusations that Wehby plagiarized some of the policies listed on her website. On September 30, 2014, Merkley released the ad, "Word for Word," which also focused on plagiarism and tied Wehby to the Koch brothers.

Key votes

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

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Nay3.png Merkley voted against confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[22]

Economy

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png 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 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.[23] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Merkley voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[24]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Yea3.png Merkley voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans opposing the bill.[22]

Immigration

Mexico-U.S. border

Nay3.png Merkley voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[22]

Endorsements

Monica Wehby

Monica Wehby has been endorsed by the following people:

Media

Jeff Merkley


Jeff Merkley, "Cut and Paste."

Jeff Merkley, "Word for Word."

Monica Wehby


"A New Voice" - Dr. Monica Wehby Announces Candidacy for U.S. Senate (Oregon).

Monica for Oregon - "Trust."

Monica for Oregon - New TV Ad: "Accountability."
  • Monica Wehby (R) announced her candidacy in a web video on October 29, 2013.[26] Wehby said, "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. 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.”[26]

Wehby for Senate - "Spending."

"Ben West - Monica Wehby for U.S. Senate."

Freedom Partners


August 5, 2014, "Congress is Out of Touch with Oregon Families."

August 14, 2014,"Sen. Merkley: Get to Work for Oregon."
  • Freedom Partners, a Koch-affiliated PAC, released ads in support of Wehby. Merkley derided groups like Freedom Partners saying, "The beauty of our system of government is that it is based on 'We the People,' not 'We the Powerful.' The Koch brothers agenda is all about 'We the Powerful.'"[27] Wehby expressed a different view saying, "I'm happy that people see this as a seat that is in play...and people are investing in this race because they see it as an opportunity to get control of the Senate."[27]

Jason Conger

American Principles Fund


American Principles Fund, "Repeal."
  • American Principles Fund, a conservative super-PAC, released an ad backing Conger for his pro-life stance and promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The ad attacked Wehby, calling her "pro-abortion" and argued that she will not repeal Obamacare, if elected.

Polls

General election

General election candidates
Poll Jeff Merkley (D) Monica Wehby (R)James Leuenberger (C)Christina Jean Lugo (G)Mike Montchalin (L)Other/UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
DHM Research
October 8-11, 2014
47%26%2%2%2%20%+/-4.3516
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. 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


Jeff Merkley vs. Monica Wehby
Poll Jeff Merkley (D) Monica Wehby (R)OtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
SurveyUSA
October 16-19, 2014
53%32%7%8%+/-4.2561
Survey USA
September 22-24, 2014
52%32%8%8%+/-4.2568
Survey USA
August 1-5, 2014
52%33%7%9%+/-4.2564
AVERAGES 52.33% 32.33% 7.33% 8.33% +/-4.2 564.33
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GOP primary

Survey of Likely GOP Primary Voters in Oregon
Poll Monica Wehby Jason CongerMark Allen CallahanTimothy CrawleyJo Rae PerkinsNot SureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Wenzel Strategies
May 1-4, 2014
42.9%22.3%4.0%2.7%2.5%25.5%+/-3.95607
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Wehby vs. Conger

State of the Race
Poll Monica Wehby Jason CongerDon't knowMargin of ErrorSample Size
Benson Strategy Group
April 14-17, 2014
22%24%55%+/-4410
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Merkley vs. Wehby

Oregon Statewide Poll
Poll Jeff Merkley Monica WehbyNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Benson Strategy Group
April 14-17, 2014
52%32%16%+/-4600
Harper Polling
April 1-2, 2014
46%34%20%+/-3.91670
AVERAGES 49% 33% 18% +/-3.96 635
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Merkley vs. Conger

Oregon Statewide Poll
Poll Jeff Merkley Jason CongerNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Benson Strategy Group
April 14-17, 2014
50%34%16%+/-4600
Harper Polling
April 1-2, 2014
47%40%12%+/-3.91670
AVERAGES 48.5% 37% 14% +/-3.96 635
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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
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Campaign contributions

Jeff Merkley

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Merkley’s reports.[28]

Jeff Merkley (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[29]July 2, 2013$544,415.19$1,043,685.19$(61,785.65)$252,302.55
July Quarterly[30]July 15, 2013$1,318,743.76$815,968.57$(326,650.87)$1,808,061.46
October Quarterly[31]October 13, 2013$1,808,061.46$908,962.11$(427,275.97)$2,289,747.60
Year-End Quarterly[32]December 31, 2013$2,286,747$1,129,886$(418,415)$3,001,854
April Quarterly[33]April 15, 2014$3,001,854.98$1,056,498.36$(449,706.59)$3,608,646.75
Running totals
$4,955,000.23$(1,683,834.08)

Monica Wehby

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Wehby's reports.[34]

Monica Wehby (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End Quarterly[35]December 31, 2013$0$501,353$(111,063)$390,289
April Quarterly[36]April 15, 2014$390,289.20$591,328.07$(239,865.44)$741,751.83
Running totals
$1,092,681.07$(350,928.44)

Jo Rae Perkins

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Perkins' reports.[37]

Jo Rae Perkins (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[38]October 15, 2013$0.00$2,824.46$(1,811.74)$1,012.72
Year-End Quarterly[39]December 31, 2013$1,012$2,110$(2,320)$1,188
April Quarterly[40]April 8, 2014$1,188.29$3,038.14$(2,998.25)$1,228.18
Running totals
$7,972.6$(7,129.99)

Jason Conger

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Conger's reports.[41]

Jason Conger (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End Quarterly[42]December 31, 2013$0$213,102$(38,723)$174,379
April Quarterly[43]April 15, 2014$174,379.21$64,025.20$(148,953.75)$89,450.66
Running totals
$277,127.2$(187,676.75)

Mark Allen Callahan

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Callahan's reports.[44]

Mark Allen Callahan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[45]October 15, 2013$0.00$684.54$(684.53)$0.01
Year-End Report[46]January 31, 2014$0.01$8,830.00$(5,580.41)$3,249.60
April Quarterly[47]April 4, 2014$3,249.60$11,785.00$(11,591.73)$3,442.87
Running totals
$21,299.54$(17,856.67)

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.[48]

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.[49]

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

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