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Oregon Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
John Kitzhaber Democratic Party
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The Oregon gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent John Kitzhaber (D) is eligible for and is seeking re-election. The winner of the election will serve a four-year term in office.

The gubernatorial race is not the only race on the November ballot that could shift the balance of power in Oregon. The Oregon State Senate has been identified by Ballotpedia as one of the top 20 legislative chambers to watch in 2014. The chamber and the governor's office could be won by the opposition party, either of which would result in the loss of Oregon's state government trifecta. Learn more about the state's most competitive legislative races on the battleground chambers page.

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]


Lost in the primary



Primary election

Republican primary

Governor of Oregon, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Bruce Cuff 9.7% 22,250
Gordon Challstrom 10% 23,026
Tim Carr 6% 13,687
Green check mark transparent.pngDennis Richardson 65.7% 150,808
Mae Rafferty 6.9% 15,769
Darren Karr 1% 2,315
Write-ins 0.8% 1,818
Total Votes 229,673
Election Results Via:Oregon Secretary of State Unofficial Election Results.

Democratic primary

Governor of Oregon, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Kitzhaber Incumbent 88.5% 234,852
Ifeanyichukwu Diru 9.7% 25,685
Write-ins 1.8% 4,796
Total Votes 265,333
Election Results Via:Oregon Secretary of State Unofficial Election Results.

Race background

Incumbent John Kitzhaber is running for his fourth term as Governor of Oregon. He stressed a renewed focus on tax changes and job creation aimed at reducing inequality in his fourth term.[13]

His Republican opponents faced off in the May 20 primary. Dennis Richardson won the party's nomination. Though Richardson raised less money than Kitzhaber, he may be boosted by the poor initial performance of Oregon's state-run health exchange.[14]

Polling in late August and early September showed Kitzhaber retaining a small lead. The closest poll showed Richardson six points behind.[15] Both third-party candidates, the Libertarian Party's Paul Grad and Constitution Party candidate Aaron Auer, made little impression in these polls.


Governor of Oregon
Poll John Kitzhaber (D) Dennis Richardson (R)Undecided/OtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Harper Polling
April 1-2, 2014
DHM Research
April 30 - May 2, 2014
Public Policy Polling
May 22-27, 2014
June 5-9, 2014
August 1-5, 2014
August 18-September 2, 2014
Rasmussen Reports
September 2-3, 2014
September 22-24, 2014
AVERAGES 48.13% 38% 13.88% +/-4.08 751.13
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

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
March 11, 2014 Filing deadline
May 20, 2014 Partisan primaries and nonpartisan elections
November 4, 2014 General election
December 4, 2014 Certification of results

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  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 Live, "Oregon Rep. Dennis Richardson announces run for governor," July 24, 2013
  5. Constitution Party of Oregon, "Aaron Auer – Candidate For Governor 2014," accessed April 17, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Oregonian, "Election 2014: Some surprises on the last day to file for Oregon primary," March 12, 2014
  7. Oregon Secretary of State, "Candidate Information," January 10, 2014
  8. The Oregonian, "Portland businessman becomes latest to join growing group of Republican candidates for governor," January 14, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 The Statesman-Journal, "A complete list of primary election races for the city, county and state," March 12, 2014
  10. Oregon Live, "Allen Alley considering run for Oregon governor, John Kitzhaber hits the road," July 31, 2013
  11. Oregon Live, "Eastern Oregon rancher becomes first GOP candidate for Oregon governor," April 17, 2013
  12. Oregon Live, "Republicans search for ways to revive GOP brand in Oregon," March 10, 2013
  13. Statesman Journal, "Kitzhaber's 2014 campaign will focus on tax reform," January 8, 2014
  14. KGW Portland, "Kitzhaber announces bid for historic 4th term," January 8, 2014
  15. YouGov, "BATTLEGROUND TRACKER 2014: OREGON," Septmeber 7, 2014