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United States Senate election in Oregon, 2014

 

United States Senate election in Oregon, 2014

United States Senate election in Oregon, 2014

November 4, 2014

 
Nominee Jeff Merkley Monica Wehby
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 814,537 538,847
Percentage 55.7% 36.9%

County results

U.S. Senator before election

Jeff Merkley
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Jeff Merkley
Democratic

The 2014 United States Senate election in Oregon took place on November 4, 2014 to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the State of Oregon, concurrently with the election of the Governor of Oregon, as well as other elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections.

Incumbent Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley ran for re-election to a second term.[1] Primary elections were held on May 20, 2014. Merkley easily won the Democratic nomination, while the Republicans nominated pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby.

Background

Democrat Jeff Merkley, the Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives, defeated two-term Republican incumbent Gordon H. Smith with 49% of the vote in 2008.

Democratic primary

Candidates

Declared

  • William Bryk, attorney from New York and perennial candidate[2]
  • Pavel Goberman, fitness instructor and perennial candidate[3]
  • Jeff Merkley, incumbent Senator[1]

Results

Democratic primary results[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jeff Merkley 277,120 92.04%
Democratic William Bryk 11,330 3.76%
Democratic Pavel Goberman 8,436 2.8%
write-ins 4,194 1.39%
Totals 301,080 100%

Republican primary

Candidates

Declared

Withdrew

Declined

Endorsements

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Mark
Callahan
Jason
Conger
Tim
Crawley
Jo Rae
Perkins
Monica
Wehby
Undecided
Public Opinion Strategies May 12–13, 2014 500 ± 4.38% 2% 24% 2% 2% 41% 26%
Wenzel Strategies May 1–4, 2014 607 ± ? 4% 22.3% 2.7% 2.5% 42.9% 25.5%
Benenson Strategy Group April 14–17, 2014 410 ± ? 24% 22% 55%

Results

Republican primary results[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Monica Wehby 134,627 49.96%
Republican Jason Conger 101,401 37.63%
Republican Mark Callahan 18,220 6.76%
Republican Jo Rae Perkins 7,602 2.82%
Republican Tim Crawley 6,566 2.44%
write-ins 1,027 0.38%
Totals 266,438 100%

Independents

The filing deadline for independent candidates is August 26, 2014. In order to qualify, a candidate must submit 17,893 signatures of registered voters or obtain signatures from at least 1,000 electors at a valid assembly of electors.[21]

Candidates

Declared

  • Karl King, massage therapist[22]

General election

Results

United States Senate election in Oregon, 2014, results[23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jeff Merkley 814,537 55.72%
Republican Monica Wehby 538,847 36.87%
Libertarian Mike Monchalin 44,916 3.07%
Pacific Green Christina Jean Lugo 32,434 2.22%
Constitution (Oregon) James E. Leuenberger 24,212 1.66%
write-ins 6,672 0.46%
Totals 1,461,618 100%

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Jeff
Merkley (D)
Monica
Wehby (R)
Other Undecided
Elway Research October 26–27, 2014 403 ± 5% 49% 30% 3%[24] 18%
SurveyUSA October 23–27, 2014 552 ± 4.3% 53% 32% 8% 6%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov October 16–23, 2014 1,421 ± 4% 51% 39% 1% 9%
SurveyUSA October 16–19, 2014 561 ± 4.2% 53% 32% 7% 8%
DHM Research October 2014 ? ± 4.3% 47% 26% 6% 19%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov September 20–October 1, 2014 1,508 ± 3% 52% 39% 1% 8%
SurveyUSA September 22–24, 2014 568 ± 4.2% 52% 32% 8% 8%
Polling Company/WomanTrend September 9–11, 2014 600 ± 4% 42% 34% 7%[25] 14%
Rasmussen Reports September 2–3, 2014 750 ± 4% 48% 35% 5% 12%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov August 18–September 2, 2014 1,541 ± 4% 51% 39% 1% 9%
Moore Information^ August 5–9, 2014 500 ± 4% 47% 38% 16%
SurveyUSA August 1–5, 2014 564 ± 4.2% 52% 33% 7% 9%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov July 5–24, 2014 2,088 ± 2.6% 53% 39% 1% 7%
SurveyUSA June 5–9, 2014 560 ± 4.2% 50% 32% 9% 9%
The Tarrance Group* June 1–3, 2014 615 ± 4.1% 41% 39% 9%[26] 11%
Public Policy Polling May 22–27, 2014 956 ± 3.2% 50% 36% 15%
Rasmussen Reports May 21–22, 2014 750 ± 4% 47% 37% 5% 11%
Vox Populi Polling April 28–30, 2014 618 ± 3.9% 41% 45% 14%
Benenson Strategy Group April 14–17, 2014 600 ± 4% 52% 32% 16%
Harper Polling April 1–2, 2014 670 ± 3.91% 46% 34% 20%


See also

References

  1. ^ a b Pope, Charles (April 16, 2012). "Oregon's Jeff Merkley raises money early to fight Senate opponents in 2014". The Oregonian. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ Jaquiss, Nigel (March 6, 2014). "New Yorker Files to Run Against Merkley In May Primary".  
  3. ^ Joanna Evoniuk and Scott Reynolds (September 13, 2013). "Four Challenge Merkley’s U.S. Senate Seat For 2014 Election". Lane Today. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "May 20, 2014 Primary Election Abstract of Votes: United States Senator". Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b McInally, Mike (August 16, 2013). "Jo Rae Perkins of Albany announces bid for U.S. Senate".  
  6. ^ Mapes, Jeff (October 10, 2013). "Jason Conger sets U.S. Senate announcement for Tuesday in Oregon City and Bend". Oregon Live. Retrieved October 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ Mapes, Jeff (November 4, 2013). "GOP hits Jeff Merkley on Obamacare as new Republican enters Senate race: Oregon politics today".  
  8. ^ Gaston, Christian (October 29, 2013). "Portland doctor Monica Wehby will seek to unseat Democrat Jeff Merkley".  
  9. ^ Mapes, Jeff (November 4, 2013). "Sam Carpenter drops out of GOP primary for U.S. Senate race in favor of Jason Conger".  
  10. ^ "Bruce Hanna decides not to run for re-election -- or, for now, another seat: Oregon politics today". Oregon Live. September 20, 2013. 
  11. ^ Mapes, Jeff (November 29, 2012). "Is Senate GOP trying to recruit a challenger to Jeff Merkley through news media?". The Oregonian. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Gordon Smith finds happiness in private sector, has no plans to seek office". Oregon Live. 6 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Republicans Pick Walden as New NRCC Chairman". Roll Call. 14 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "Rick Santorum endorses Jason Conger, praising his opposition to gay marriage and abortion". Oregon Live. May 14, 2014. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "U.S. Senate Jason Conger Republican Primary".  
  16. ^ "Conger best Republican to take on Merkley".  
  17. ^ Alexis Levinson (2013-12-21). "Dr. Ben Carson to stump for Oregon Senate hopeful". The Daily Caller. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  18. ^ "Newt Gingrich provides Monica Wehby with another out-of-state endorsement in Senate race". OregonLive.com. 2014-04-29. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  19. ^ "Mitt Romney joins national GOP figures in endorsing Monica Wehby in Oregon Senate race". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  20. ^ "Oregon's Republicans should vote for Monica Wehby: Editorial endorsement". April 26, 2014. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Oregon". Ballotpedia. Retrieved March 12, 2014. 
  22. ^ Reynolds, Scott (January 31, 2014). "U.S. Senate Candidate Profile: Karl King". Lane Today. Retrieved March 12, 2014. 
  23. ^ "November 4, 2014, General Election, Official Abstract of Votes: US Senator". Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  24. ^ Christina Lugo (G) 1%, Mike Montchalin (L) 2%
  25. ^ Christina Lugo (G) 4%, Mike Montchalin (L) 3%
  26. ^ Karl King (I) 5%, Mike Montchalin (L) 4%

External links

Official campaign websites
  • Jeff Merkley for U.S. Senate incumbent
  • Mark Callahan for U.S. Senate
  • Jason Conger for U.S. Senate
  • Tim Crawley for U.S. Senate
  • Pavel Goberman for U.S. Senate
  • Karl King for U.S. Senate
  • Jo Rae Perkins for U.S. Senate
  • Monica Wehby for U.S. Senate
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