The Green Papers: Oregon 2008 General Election
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Primary: Tuesday 20 May 2008
General Election / Special Election Labor Commissioner: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Electoral Votes:7(1.30% of 538)
Governor:1 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 2 and 3)
2002-2010 Representatives:5(1.15% of 435)
2000 Census:3,428,543 (1.22% of 281,998,273)
Estimated Voting age population (November 2000):2,530,000
Registered Voters (November 2000):1,943,699
Capital:Salem
Tuesday 20 May 2008 polling hours 7:00a MDT (1300 UTC) / 7:00a PDT (1400 UTC) to 8:00p MDT (0200 UTC) / 8:00p PDT (0300 UTC). OREGON is the reverse of the norm because the by far largest portion of the state is in the lagging time zone and the networks have no choice but to not consider the OREGON polls closed until 8 PM PDT.
Tuesday 4 November 2008 polling hours 7:00a MST (1400 UTC) / 7:00a PST (1500 UTC) to 8:00p MST (0300 UTC) / 8:00p PST (0400 UTC). OREGON is the reverse of the norm because the by far largest portion of the state is in the lagging time zone and the networks have no choice but to not consider the OREGON polls closed until 8 PM PST.
 

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Oregon State and Local Government

Oregon 2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats, Republicans, Third Parties


15 January 2009: Oregon Secretary of State - Elections Division - Official Results November 4, 2008 General Election


26 September 2008: Synchronized with ORESTAR - Election : 2008 General Election.


20 May 2008 primary results from an official source.

 
           

President  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2008, 2012. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime. Electors: 7 (Winner-take-all), How Appointed, Meeting Place, Duly Appointed Presidential Electors, List of Presidential Candidates.
Up for election in 2008
  Elected Democratic 1,037,291 56.75% Senator Barack Hussein Obama
(7 Electoral Votes)
Vice President: Senator Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr.

FEC P80003338: $778,642,047
  Candidate Republican 738,475 40.40% Senator John Sidney McCain, III
Vice President: Governor Sarah H. Palin

FEC P80002801: $399,826,076
  Candidate Peace 18,614 1.02% Ralph Nader
Submitted signatures to create the "Peace Party".

FEC P20000527: $4,520,160
  Candidate Write-in 13,613 0.74% Write-in Votes
  Candidate Constitution 7,693 0.42% Charles Obadiah "Chuck" Baldwin
Vice President: Darrell L. Castle

FEC P80005499: $262,010
  Candidate Libertarian 7,635 0.42% former Congressman Bob Barr
Vice President: Wayne Allyn Root

FEC P80005580: $1,405,899
  Candidate Pacific Green 4,543 0.25% former Congressman Cynthia A. McKinney
Vice President: Rosa A. Clemente

FEC P80004930: $240,360
  Candidate Write-in     Frank Moore
Vice President: Susan Block
Total 1,827,864 100.00%  

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 110th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 2
Seat up for election
Republican Senator Gordon Harold Smith
First elected: 1996; re-elected: 2002
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 20 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Leans Democratic - WATCH - Democratic state Speaker of the House Jeffrey Alan "Jeff" Merkley favored over Republican Senator Gordon Harold Smith
  Elected Democratic; Independent Party of Oregon 864,392 48.90% state Speaker of the House Jeffrey Alan "Jeff" Merkley
FEC S8OR00207: $6,512,231
  Candidate Republican 805,159 45.55% Senator Gordon Harold Smith
FEC S6OR00094: $9,254,837
  Candidate Constitution 92,565 5.24% David "Dave" Brownlow
FEC S4OR00149: Financial report not available
  Candidate Write-in 5,388 0.30% Write-in Votes
Total 1,767,504 100.00%  

Class 3 Democratic Senator Ron Wyden
First elected to finish out the term in a Special Election: 30 January 1996 [held to fill vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Robert Packwood (Republican): 1 October 1995 (Oregon state law does not permit the state's Governor to make temporary appointments to fill vacancies in the United States Senate)]; elected to a full term: 1998; re-elected: 2004.
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
  Candidate Democratic     Pavel Goberman
Announced November 2008

FEC S4OR00065: $1,500

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in any 3-term period, All Governors

  Democratic Governor Theodore R. "Ted" Kulongoski
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit
  Candidate Democratic     Secretary of State Bill Bradbury
27 August 2008: Indicated interest in running

110th U.S. House of Representatives  2 year term, Election Cycle 2006, 2008. No Term Limit. 110th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
4 Democratic (3 Renominated, 1 Open);
1 Republican (1 Renominated)

CD 1
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Seat up for election
Democratic Congressman David Wu
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 20 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Congressman David Wu
  Elected Democratic 237,567 71.50% Congressman David Wu
FEC H8OR01072: $1,029,675
  Candidate Independent Party of Oregon; (Republican) 58,279 17.54% Joel Thomas Haugen
30 August 2008: After publicly supporting Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama, Mr. Haugen withdrew his acceptance of the Republican nomination which he won in the 20 May GOP primary.

FEC H8OR01171: $8,370
  Candidate Constitution 14,172 4.27% Scott Semrau
FEC H8OR01189: Financial report not available
  Candidate Libertarian 10,992 3.31% H. Joe Tabor
FEC H8OR01197: Financial report not available
  Candidate Pacific Green 7,128 2.15% Chris Henry
FEC H8OR01205: Financial report not available
  Candidate Write-in 4,110 1.24% Write-in Votes
  Candidate Write-in; (Republican)     Stephan Andrew Brodhead
Total 332,248 100.00%  

CD 2
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Seat up for election
Republican Congressman Gregory Paul "Greg" Walden
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 20 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Republican Congressman Gregory Paul "Greg" Walden
  Elected Republican 236,560 69.50% Congressman Gregory Paul "Greg" Walden
FEC H6OR02116: $1,582,984
  Candidate Democratic 87,649 25.75% Noah I. Lemas
FEC H8OR02096: Financial report not available
  Candidate Pacific Green 9,668 2.84% Tristin Mock
FEC H8OR02120: Financial report not available
  Candidate Constitution 5,817 1.71% Richard D. "Rick" Hake
FEC H8OR02112: Financial report not available
  Candidate Write-in 685 0.20% Write-in Votes
Total 340,379 100.00%  

CD 3
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Seat up for election
Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenauer
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 20 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenauer
  Elected Democratic 254,235 74.54% Congressman Earl Blumenauer
FEC H6OR03064: $1,181,680
  Candidate Republican 71,063 20.84% Delia Lopez
FEC H8OR03045: Financial report not available
  Candidate Pacific Green 15,063 4.42% Michael Meo
Received his party's nomination 7 June 2008

FEC H8OR03052: Financial report not available
  Candidate Write-in 701 0.21% Write-in Votes
Total 341,062 100.00%  

CD 4
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Seat up for election
Democratic Congressman Peter Anthony "Pete" DeFazio
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 1986
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 20 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Congressman Peter Anthony "Pete" DeFazio
  Elected Democratic 275,143 82.34% Congressman Peter Anthony "Pete" DeFazio
FEC H6OR04047: $729,421
  Candidate Constitution 43,133 12.91% Jaynee L. Germond
FEC H8OR04126: Financial report not available
  Candidate Pacific Green 13,162 3.94% Michael Allan "Mike" Beilstein
FEC H8OR04134: Financial report not available
  Candidate Write-in 2,708 0.81% Write-in Votes
Total 334,146 100.00%  

CD 5
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Seat up for election
Open
Democratic Congressman Darlene Hooley
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Open Seat - Announced she would not run for re-election on Thursday 7 February 2008
 Polls: Leans Democratic - Democratic state Senator Kurt Schrader
 ** Open Seat (no incumbent) **
  Elected Democratic 181,577 54.25% state Senator Kurt Schrader
FEC H8OR05107: $1,438,600
  Candidate Republican 128,297 38.33% Mike Erickson
FEC H6OR05119: $2,595,628
  Candidate Independent Party of Oregon 6,830 2.04% Sean Bates
FEC H8OR05172: Financial report not available
  Candidate Constitution 6,558 1.96% Douglas "Doug" Patterson
FEC H6OR05135: Financial report not available
  Candidate Pacific Green 5,272 1.58% Alexander "Alex" Polikoff
FEC H8OR05180: Financial report not available
  Candidate Libertarian 4,814 1.44% Steven Vandever "Steve" Milligan
FEC H8OR05164: Financial report not available
  Candidate Write-in 1,326 0.40% Write-in Votes
Total 334,674 100.00%  

Commissioner of Labor and Industries  2 year term, Final Election Cycle: 2012. The term of office [...in...] 2012 shall be two years. [651.030 Sec. 22a.]

Seat up for election Nonpartisan Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
Appointed: 2008
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Next regular election: Tuesday 18 May 2010
  Elected Nonpartisan 690,000 67.21% Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian
  Candidate Nonpartisan 184,919 18.01% Pavel Goberman
  Candidate Nonpartisan 135,666 13.21% Mark Welyczko
  Candidate Write-in 16,056 1.56% Write-in Votes
Total 1,026,641 100.00%  
 

Labor and Industries Commissioner Dan Gardner who was first elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2006 resigned in March 2008 to take a lobbying job in Washington, D.C.. On 13 March 2008, Governor Governor Theodore R. "Ted" Kulongoski appointed Brad Avakian to fill the vacant office. Mr. Avakian won the 4 November 2008 Special Election.

If a candidate receives a majority of the vote for this non-partisan office in the May primary, that candidate is elected. Otherwise, the top two vote getters go to a runoff in November. [OR Revised Statutes 249.088]


Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008

Seat up for election
Open
Democratic Secretary of State Bill Bradbury
Appointed: 1999; first elected: 2000; 2004
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Open Seat - At term limit
 Polls: Democratic state Senate Majority Leader Kate Brown
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
  Elected Democratic 873,968 51.00% state Senate Majority Leader Kate Brown
  Candidate Republican 785,740 45.85% Rick Dancer
  Candidate Pacific Green 51,271 2.99% Seth Alan Woolley
  Candidate Write-in 2,740 0.16% Write-in Votes
Total 1,713,719 100.00%  

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008

Seat up for election
Open
Democratic Attorney General Hardy Myers
First elected: 1996; re-elected: 2000, 2004
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Open Seat - At term limit
 Polls: Democratic John R. Kroger
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
  Elected Democratic 1,096,507 72.57% John R. Kroger
The Republican Party did not have an candidate for Attorney General on the ballot. The person who received the most Republican write-in votes, Democratic nominee John Kroger, has also received the GOP nomination.
  Candidate Constitution 168,866 11.18% James E. "Jim" Leuenberger
  Candidate Working Families 161,655 10.70% J. Ashlee Albies
  Candidate Pacific Green 76,856 5.09% Walter Frederick "Walt" Brown
  Candidate Write-in 7,047 0.47% Write-in Votes
Total 1,510,931 100.00%  

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008

Seat up for election
Open
Democratic Treasurer Randall Edwards
First elected: 2000; re-elected: 2004
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Open Seat - At term limit
 Polls: Democratic Ben Westlund
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
  Elected Democratic; Independent Party of Oregon 847,590 51.12% Ben Westlund
  Candidate Republican 750,484 45.26% Allen Alley
  Candidate Constitution 56,581 3.41% Michael Marsh
  Candidate Write-in 3,529 0.21% Write-in Votes
Total 1,658,184 100.00%  

Superintendent of Public Instruction  4 year term, Final Election Cycle: 2002. A 2011 law eliminated this as an elected office effective at the end of the current Superintendent's term or resignation. This office is now an appointed position.

  Nonpartisan Public Instruction Superintendent Susan Castillo
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 18 May 2010
  
If a candidate receives a majority of the vote for this non-partisan office in the May primary, that candidate is elected. Otherwise, the top two vote getters go to a runoff in November. [OR Revised Statutes 249.088]

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 9 incumbents, 12 candidates
  Republican: 2 incumbents, 9 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Libertarian: 3 candidates
  Pacific Green (affiliate of Green): 8 candidates
Other Third Parties
  Constitution (affiliates): 8 candidates
  Independent Party of Oregon: 4 candidates
  Peace: 1 candidate
  Working Families: 1 candidate
Independents
  Nonpartisan: 2 incumbents, 3 candidates
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Write-in: 13 candidates
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from an election authority that the person so listed will actually appear on the ballot.
 
FEC indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary "Total Receipts" for candidates for Federal Office.

 


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