Oregon Gubernatorial election, 2014

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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 4-year term in office.

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]

Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running?
Governor John Kitzhaber
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2011 Yes[4]
Commissioner of Labor and Industries Brad Avakian
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2008 Yes[5]


Lost in the primary


Primary Election Results

  • 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.[15]

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.[16]


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
AVERAGES 47.75% 37.5% 14.75% +/-4.05 646.5
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

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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, "John Kitzhaber announces for historic fourth term," December 9, 2013
  5. The Oregonian, "Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian starts fundraising for 2014 re-election campaign," January 7, 2014
  6. Oregon Live, "Oregon Rep. Dennis Richardson announces run for governor," July 24, 2013
  7. Constitution Party of Oregon, "Aaron Auer – Candidate For Governor 2014," accessed April 17, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 The Oregonian, "Election 2014: Some surprises on the last day to file for Oregon primary," March 12, 2014
  9. Oregon Secretary of State, "Candidate Information," January 10, 2014
  10. The Oregonian, "Portland businessman becomes latest to join growing group of Republican candidates for governor," January 14, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 The Statesman-Journal, "A complete list of primary election races for the city, county and state," March 12, 2014
  12. Oregon Live, "Allen Alley considering run for Oregon governor, John Kitzhaber hits the road," July 31, 2013
  13. Oregon Live, "Eastern Oregon rancher becomes first GOP candidate for Oregon governor," April 17, 2013
  14. Oregon Live, "Republicans search for ways to revive GOP brand in Oregon," March 10, 2013
  15. Statesman Journal, "Kitzhaber's 2014 campaign will focus on tax reform," January 8, 2014
  16. KGW Portland, "Kitzhaber announces bid for historic 4th term," January 8, 2014