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) was first elected in 2010 and is seeking re-election against state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R), Libertarian Party candidate Paul Grad and Constitution Party candidate Aaron Auer. The winner of the election will serve a four-year term in office. Learn more about the dynamics of this election by jumping to the race background section.

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]


General election

Democratic Party John Kitzhaber - Incumbent
Republican Party Dennis Richardson - State Representative[4]
Libertarian Party Paul Grad
Constitution Party Aaron Auer - Pastor[5]

Lost in the primary

Democratic Party Ifeanyichukwu Diru[6]
Republican Party Gordon Challstrom - Businessman[7]
Republican Party Tim Carr - Former businessman[8]
Republican Party Bruce Cuff[9]
Republican Party Darren Karr[9]
Republican Party Mae Rafferty[9]


Republican Party Allen Alley - Businessman, 2010 gubernatorial candidate[10][6]
Republican Party Jon Justesen - Rancher and businessman[11][9]
Republican Party Bruce Hanna - State Representative[12][9]


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 previously served as Governor of Oregon from 1995 to 2003 and is running for a fourth non-consecutive term in 2014. He stressed a renewed focus on tax changes and job creation aimed at reducing inequality in his fourth term.[13][14]

Kitzhaber earned credit following his election in 2010 for increasing health coverage for Oregon residents and reducing the financial burdens of state pensions. Republican opponent Dennis Richardson and his supporters highlighted problems over the previous four years including a false start for the state's Cover Oregon health exchange that cost taxpayers $250 million.[15]

Kitzhaber also drew scrutiny for myriad revelations about potential conflicts of interest by first lady and advisor Cylvia Hayes. On October 13, Kitzhaber requested an investigation by the Oregon Government Ethics Commission into whether Hayes leveraged her role in the governor's office to improve her consulting business. Richardson jumped on the opportunity to criticize the governor over ethics concerns, calling his administration "inept and unethical" and musing rhetorically that he might be hiding more secrets.[15] The ethics commission has a 120-day window to publish results of investigations and the seven-member board has no scheduled meetings prior to the November 4 general election.[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
August 1-5, 2014
The New York Times/CBS/YouGov
August 18-September 2, 2014
Rasmussen Reports
September 2-3, 2014
September 22-24, 2014
The New York Times/CBS/YouGov
September 20-October 1, 2014
October 16-19, 2014
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
October 16-23, 2014
Elway Research
October 26-27, 2014
AVERAGES 48.17% 38.67% 13.17% +/-4.07 825.17
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.

Note: An asterisk (*) denotes incumbent status.

Past elections


On November 2, 2010, John Kitzhaber won election to the office of Governor of Oregon. He defeated Chris Dudley, Wes Wagner and Greg Kord in the general election.

Governor of Oregon, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Kitzhaber 49.3% 716,525
     Republican Chris Dudley 47.8% 694,287
     Constitution Greg Kord 1.4% 20,475
     Libertarian Wes Wagner 1.3% 19,048
     Miscellaneous - 0.2% 3,213
Total Votes 1,453,548
Election Results Via: Oregon Secretary of State

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. 15.0 15.1 Willamette Week, "First Lady Inc.," October 8, 2014
  16. KGW, "Kitzhaber requests ethics review of Cylvia Hayes," October 15, 2014