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Oregon's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

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Oregon's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 15, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Suzanne Bonamici Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Suzanne Bonamici Democratic Party
Suzanne bonamici.jpg

Oregon U.S. House Elections
District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5

2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st congressional district of Oregon held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Suzanne Bonamici was re-elected on November 6, 2012, having defeated three challengers, including Republican primary winner Delinda Morgan, with over 60% of the vote.[1] Bonamici was first elected to represent Oregon's 1st congressional district in a special election to fill the vacant seat left by the resignation of David Wu (D). The special election took place on January 31, 2012.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 6, 2012
May 15, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Oregon has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary April 24. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 16.[2]

See also: Oregon elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election, the incumbent was Suzanne Bonamici. Bonamici was elected to the 1st district seat in a special election on January 31, 2012 to fill the vacancy left by David Wu (D). Wu resigned in August of 2011 after accusations of sexual misconduct.[3]

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Oregon's 1st congressional district is located in the northwest corner of the state and includes Clatsop, Columbia, Washington, and Yamhill counties.[4]

This is the 1st congressional district prior to the 2010 redistricting.


Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals were added after official election results had been certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay.

General election candidates

Democratic Party Working Families Party Suzanne Bonamici Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Delinda Morgan
Progressive Party Green Party Libertarian Party Steven Reynolds
Constitution Party Robert Ekstrom

May 15, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Progressive Party Progressive Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Party

Green Party Pacific Green Party

Constitution Party Constitution Primary

Race background


In August, 2012, Sabato's Crystal Ball and The New York Times rated Oregon's 1st congressional district as solid Democratic.[8][9]

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in Oregon

The 1st district was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[10][11]

Registration statistics

As of October 30, 2012, District 1 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Oregon Secretary of State:

Oregon Congressional District 1[12]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 1 398,802 161,969 124,327 112,506 Democratic 30.28% -10.28%
"Party advantage" is the percentage gap between the two major parties in registered voters. "Change in advantage" is the spread in difference of party advantage between 2010 and 2012 based on the congressional district number only.

District partisanship

FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study

See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012

In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. Oregon's 1st District's became more Republican because of redistricting.[13]

  • 2012: 59D / 41R
  • 2010: 57D / 43R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measures each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Oregon's 1st congressional district has a PVI of D+6, which is the 134th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 61-39 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 54-46 percent over George W. Bush (R).[14]

Campaign contributions

Suzanne Bonamici[15] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly1/01-3/31-2012$56,229$104,775$(25,124)$135,880
July Quarterly4/26-6/30/2012$102,094$0$(57,216)$250,597
Running totals
Delinda Morgan Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly4/01-6/30/2012$0$1,389$()$1,389
Running totals
Robert Ekstrom[16] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly1/01-3/31-2012$3,734$0$(0)$3,734
July Quarterly4/01-6/30/2012$3,734$0$(0)$3,734
Running totals

Election Results

General Election

U.S. House, Oregon District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSuzanne Bonamici Incumbent 59.6% 197,845
     Republican Delinda Morgan 33% 109,699
     Progressive Steven Reynolds 4.5% 15,009
     Constitution Robert Ekstrom 2.7% 8,918
     Write-In N/A 0.2% 509
Total Votes 331,980
Source: Oregon Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Primary Election

Republican Primary

U.S. House of Representatives-Oregon, District 1 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDelinda Morgan 57.1% 18,996
Lisa Michaels 42.9% 14,274
Total Votes 33,270

District history


Suzanne Bonamici (D) was elected to the 1st district seat in a special election on January 31, 2012 to fill the vacancy left by David Wu (D). Wu resigned in August of 2011 after accusations of sexual misconduct.[17] Bonamici defeated Rob Cornilles (R) in the special election.[18]


On November 2, 2010, Wu won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Joyce B. Segers in the general election.[19]

U.S. House of Representatives, Oregon Congressional District 2 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Wu Incumbent 54.8% 160,357
     Republican Rob Cornilles 42% 122,858
     Libertarian H. Joe Tabor 0.9% 2,492
     Green Chris Henry 1% 2,955
     Constitution Jon LaMunyon 1.3% 3,855
Total Votes 292,517

See also

External links


  1. CNN "Oregon Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. OregonVotes "Important Election Dates," Accessed July 26, 2012
  3. The Hill David Wu resigns from House amid scandal December 8, 2011
  4. Oregon Redistricting Map "Map" Accessed August 9, 2012
  5. The Oregonian "Republicans file to run against Bonamici and Blumenauer in Oregon congressional races" accessed March 8, 2012
  6. Oregon Secretary of State, "2012 General Election Candidate Filing"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 OreStar Candidate Filing
  8. Center for Politics, "Sabato's Crystal Ball," August 28, 2012
  9. The New York Times, "House Race Ratings," accessed September 10, 2012
  10. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer "Oregon's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  11. Labels & Lists "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  12. Oregon Secretary of State, "Voter Registration Reports, 2012," May, 2012
  13. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Oregon," September 2012
  14. Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Bonamici for Congress 2012 Candidate Information," accessed October 1, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Michael Ekstrom 2012 Candidate Information," accessed October 1, 2012
  17. The Hill David Wu resigns from House amid scandal December 8, 2011
  18. The Oregonian "Suzanne Bonamici wins special election for Oregon's 1st Congressional District," January 31, 2012
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"