Oregon down ballot state executive elections, 2012

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Two down ballot state executive positions were up for election in the state of Oregon in 2012. The primary took place on May 15, 2012 followed by the general election on November 6, 2012.

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The Oregon Treasurer election was held on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Ted Wheeler won re-election.[1] He was first appointed to the position in March 2010 and elected in November 2010.

General

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Working Families Party Ted Wheeler incumbent (Democratic, Working Families)Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Tom Cox (Republican)
Darkblue.png Cameron Whitten (Progressive Party)
Libertarian Party John Mahler (Libertarian)
Constitution Party Michael Paul Marsh (Constitution Party)
Oregon Treasurer General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTed Wheeler Incumbent 57.9% 955,213
     Republican Tom Cox 37% 609,989
     Progressive Cameron Whitten 2.4% 38,762
     Libertarian John Mahler 1.8% 30,002
     Constitution Michael Paul Marsh 0.9% 15,415
Total Votes 1,649,381
Election Results via Oregon Secretary of State.

Primary

Oregon Treasurer Democratic Primary[2], 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTed Wheeler 99.5% 265,213
Write-ins 0.5% 1,269
Total Votes 266,482



Oregon Treasurer Republican Primary[3], 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Cox 55.1% 12,982
Ted Wheeler 11.8% 2,787
Misc. Write-Ins 33.1% 7,787
Total Votes 23,556


Democratic Party May 15 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 15 GOP primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.

Note: The state Republican Party supported a write-in campaign to nominate management consultant Tom Cox and were successful.[4]

Polls

Ted Wheeler vs. Tom Cox
Poll Ted Wheeler (D) Tom Cox (R)Margin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (June 21-24, 2012)
46%34%+/-3.7686
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.

The Oregon Commissioner of Labor and Industries election was held on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Brad Avakian defeated challenger Bruce Starr to win re-election. Avakian was first appointed to the position in April 2008 and elected in November 2008. The election was for a two year term, but only for the 2012 election. Andrea Cantu-Schomus, spokeswoman for the secretary of state's office, explained this move was intended to set up a standard where each election includes some statewide offices.[5][6]

Election moved to November

At the beginning of the campaign season the candidates for Commissioner of Labor and Industries assumed the election would take place on May 15, 2012 during the state's primary election. Election officials, however, said a 2009 law passed by the legislature required the election to take place in November. Commissioner Avakian stated, "We thought the election was in May. My opponent thought the election was in May. Everybody thought the election was in May. It seems clear now that's not the case."[5]

In March, Sen. Starr sought a temporary restraining order that would have forced the Secretary of State to put the labor commissioner race on the May 15 ballot. Circuit Court Judge Steven Price rejected the move, saying Starr couldn't show he would be likely to win on the legal merits of the case.[7]

Independent November 6 general election candidates:
Oregon Commissioner of Labor and Industries General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Avakian* (D) Incumbent 52.5% 681,987
     Nonpartisan Bruce Starr* (R) 46.7% 606,735
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.7% 9,616
Total Votes 1,298,338
Election Results via Oregon Secretary of State.


Polls

2012 race for Oregon Labor Commissioner
Poll Bruce Starr Brad AvakianUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (June 21-24, 2012)
23%21%56%+/-3.7686
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.


Brad Avakian vs. Bruce Starr
Poll Brad Avakian Bruce StarrMargin of ErrorSample Size
Oregon Public Broadcasting/Fox-12 Poll
(October 26-28, 2012)
22%19%60%+/-4.4500
Oregonian Poll
(October 25-28, 2012)
26%20%53%+/-5.0405
AVERAGES 24% 19.5% 56.5% +/-4.7 452.5
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.


Deadline Event
Sept 8, 2011 First day for candidates to file
March 6 Candidate filing deadline
March 31 Ballots mailed to overseas and military absent voters
April 16 Ballots mailed to out-of-state voters
April 24 Voter registration deadline
April 27 – May 1 Ballots mailed to voters other than long-term absent and out-of-state
May 15 Election day
June 14 Certification of election results
Nov 6 General election

Additional reading

See also

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