Richardson win sets up close governor race: Oregon state executive elections primary day review

May 21 2014

By: Garrett Fortin

Salem, Oregon: The 2014 Oregon primary and non-partisan office elections were held on May 20, 2014. Both Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates contested their respective primaries, for a total of eight candidates in two primaries. Incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber will face State Representative Dennis Richardson and unopposed Constitution Party candidate Aaron Auer in what will surely be a tight race in November.

The other state executive race on the ballot was the non-partisan contest for Oregon Commissioner of Labor and Industries. The incumbent, Brad Avakian, was unopposed.

See also: Oregon Gubernatorial election, 2014

Polling comparing Kitzhaber and Richardson, even before the primaries ended, showed them locked in a tight race. What has been a quiet contest so far will surely become much more prominent as Richardson seeks to overturn three-term incumbent Kitzhaber.

Primary Election Results
  • Republican primary

Dennis Richardson was one of the first Republicans in the race and quietly remained the front-runner in a crowded field.

  • Democratic primary

Incumbent John Kitzhaber only faced a nominally contested primary, as his sole opponent was a political unknown who did not campaign.

Oregon Commissioner of Labor and Industries
See also: Oregon down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Avakian was unopposed in his race for re-election and essentially announced victory on the filing deadline, when no other candidates filed for his office.[1]

Election Results



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