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Oregon Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date:
May 20, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
John Kitzhaber Democratic Party
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? General Election Candidates 2015 Winner Partisan Switch?
Governor John Kitzhaber
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2011 Yes[4] Democratic Party John Kitzhaber
Republican Party Dennis Richardson
Libertarian Party Paul Grad
Constitution Party Aaron Auer
Green Party Jason Levin
Independent Chris Henry
Democratic Party John Kitzhaber No
Commissioner of Labor and Industries Brad Avakian
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2008 Yes[5] Independent Brad Avakian Independent Brad Avakian No


Note: The following list of candidates is not official and will continue to be updated until the 2014 candidate filing deadline. Candidates will be added as we come across them prior to the deadline. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

General election

Democratic Party John Kitzhaber - Incumbent Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Dennis Richardson - State Representative[6]
Libertarian Party Paul Grad
Constitution Party Aaron Auer - Pastor[7]
Green Party Jason Levin
Independent Progressive Party candidate Chris Henry

Lost in the primary

Democratic Party Ifeanyichukwu Diru[8]
Republican Party Gordon Challstrom - Businessman[9]
Republican Party Tim Carr - Former businessman[10]
Republican Party Bruce Cuff[11]
Republican Party Darren Karr[11]
Republican Party Mae Rafferty[11]


Republican Party Allen Alley - Businessman, 2010 gubernatorial candidate[12][8]
Republican Party Jon Justesen - Rancher and businessman[13][11]
Republican Party Bruce Hanna - State Representative[14][11]

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 two Republican opponents, Oregon state representative Dennis Richardson and rancher Jon Justesen will face off in the May 20 primary. Though they have raised less money than Kitzhaber, whoever wins the primary 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
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

Note: An asterisk (*) denotes incumbent status.

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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