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OREGON

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Population: 4,028,977 (2015)

Filing deadline: March 8, 2016.

Primary: May 17, 2016.

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Oregon (D+5) is a moderate state and most of the Republicans from this state have also been moderate. Oregon is known for being liberal and even experimental in attitude, often with lots of referenda. The population in 2010 was 84% White and 12% Hispanic.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 7. Oregon is regarded as a fairly safe state for the Democrats in Presidential elections.

Sena­tors: 2 Democrats.

Jeff Merkley. (Pic: Congress)

Jeff Merkley. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 2: Jeff Mer­kley (D)
Committees: Appropriations, Banking & Housing, Budget, Environment.

Democratic nominee: Jeff Mer­kley
Republican nominee: ?

Rating May 11, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2020.

Status May 11, 2016:
Activist and State Representative Jeff Mer­kley (b.1956) beat a sitting Republican in his first Senate election in 2008 and got almost 56% in 2014. He was formerly the Speaker of the State House.

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Ron Wyden. (Pic: Congress)

Ron Wyden. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 3: Ron Wyden (D)
Committees: Finance (Ranking), Budget, Energy & Natural Resouces, Intelligence.

Democratic nominee: Ron Wyden
Republican nominee:  Mark Callahan

Rating May 11, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status May 18, 2016:
Lawyer Ron Wyden (b.1949) served in the House from 1981 till he won a special election to the Senate in 1996. He took 57% in 2010. The Republicans are fielding businessman Mark Callahan.

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House of Representatives: 5 Representantives; 4 Democrats and 1 Republican. Oregon conducts all elections through mail balloting.

Suzanne Bonamici. (Pic: Congress)

Suzanne Bonamici. (Pic: Congress)

District 1
Representative: Suzanne Bonamici (D)
Committees: Education, Science.

Democratic nominee: Suzanne Bona­mici
Republican nomineeBrian Heinrich

Rating May 11, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status May 18, 2016:
The district (D+7) covers the northwestern corner of the state, down to the suburbs of Portland. It is 85% White and 9% Hispanic. Lawyer and State Senator Suzanne Bonamici (b.1954) won a special election in 2012 and got 57% in 2014. The Republicans are running  salesman Brian Heinrich.

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Greg Walden. (Pic: Congress)

Greg Walden. (Pic: Congress)

District 2
Representative: Greg Walden (R)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nomineeJim Crary
Republican nominee: Greg Walden

Rating May 11, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status May 18, 2016:
The district (R+10) encompasses the eastern 2/3 of the state, including Baker City and Ashland. It is 89% White and 9% Hispanic. Businessman and State Senator Greg Walden (b.1957) has represented the area since 1999. He got 70% in 2014. The Democrats are running businessman Jim Crary.

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Earl Blumenauer. (Pic: Congress)

Earl Blumenauer. (Pic: Congress)

District 3
Representative: Earl Blumenauer (D)
Committees: Finance.

Democratic nominee: Earl Blu­me­nauer
Republican nominee: NONE

Rating May 11, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status May 11, 2016:
The district (D+22) includes most of Portland, including suburbs and is 80% White, 5% Black and 5% Asian. 8% identified as Hispanc. Lawyer and former Portland City Councillor Earl Blumenauer (b.1948) has represented the city since winning a special election in 1996. He got 72% in 2014.

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Peter DeFazio. (Pic: Congress)

Peter DeFazio. (Pic: Congress)

District 4
Representative: Peter DeFazio (D)
Committees: Transportation (Ranking).

Democratic nominee: Peter DeFazio
Republican nominee: Art Robinson

Rating May 11, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status May 18, 2016:
The district (D+2) covers the southwestern parts of the state, including the southern half of the coastline and the cities of Eugene and Roseburg. It his 92% White. Veteran and County Commissioner Peter DeFazio (b.1947) was first elected in 1986 and took almost 59% in 2014. The GOP is running professor Art Robinson, who has run against DeFazio several times before.

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Kurt Schrader. (Pic: Congress)

Kurt Schrader. (Pic: Congress)

District 5
Representative: Kurt Schrader (D)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic candidate: Kurt Schrader
Republican candidateColm Willis

Rating May 11, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status May 11, 2016:
The district (D+0) encompasses northern and northwestern areas of Oregon, including much of the northern coastline, parts of the Portland suburbs and all of the State Capital of Salem. It is 87% White and 10% Hispanic. Veterinarian and State Senator Kurt Schrader (b.1951) was first elected in 2008 and got almost 54% in 2014.  The GOP nominated political consultant Colm Willis.

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STATE LEVEL

Kate Brown. (Pic: State of OR)

Kate Brown. (Pic: State of OR)

Governor: Kate Brown (D)

Democratic nomineeKate Brown
Republican nomineeBud Pieree

Rating May 11, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status May 18, 2016:
Governor John Kitzhaber resigned Feb. 18. 2015 and was replaced by lawyer, State Senator and Secretary of State Kate Brown (b.1960). She is up for election in 2016 for the last two years of Kitzhaber’s term. The GOP nominated physician and former state medical association president, Bud Pierce.

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Jeanne Atkins. (Pic: State of OR)

Jeanne Atkins. (Pic: State of OR)

Secretary of State: Jeanne Atkins (D)

Democratic nomineeBrad Avakian
Republican nominee: Dennis Richardson

Rating May 11, 2016:
Likely Dem in 2016.

Status May 18, 2016:
The Secretary of State is the next in line if the Governor dies or resigns, unless the SoS has been appointed and not elected. To succeed her, Governor Kate Brown chose Jeanne Atkins, who is a former assistant to Senator Jeff Merkley and several other Democrats in Oregon. She is not running in 2016. The Dems nominated Labor Commissioner Brad Ava­kian. The GOP nominated former State Rep. Dennis Richardson, who was the Party’s candidate for Governor in 2014.

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Ted Wheeler. (Pic: State of OR)

Ted Wheeler. (Pic: State of OR)

Treasurer­: Ted Whe­eler (D)

Democratic nomineeTobias Read
Republican nomineeJeff Gudman

Rating May 11, 2016:
Likely Dem in 2016.

Status May 18, 2016:
Businessman and County Commissioner Ted Whe­eler (b.1962) was first appointed to this job in 2010 and elected in 2012 with 58%. He won the race for Mayor of Portland in May 2016. The Dems are running State Representative and businessman  Tobias Read and the GOP Lake Oswego City Councilor and businessman Jeff Gudman.

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Ellen Rosenblum. (Pic: State of OR)

Ellen Rosenblum. (Pic: State of OR)

Attorney General­: Ellen Rosenblum (D)

Democratic nominee: Ellen Rosen­blum
Republican nomineeDaniel Crowe

Rating May 11, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status May 11, 2016:
Judge Ellen Rosenblum (b.1951) was appointed in 2012 and subsequently won election with 56% later that year. The Republicans are running lawyer Daniel Crowe.

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Brad Avakian. (Pic: State of OR)

Brad Avakian. (Pic: State of OR)

Labor & Industries Commissioner: Brad Ava­kian (D)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating May 11, 2016:
Likely Dem in 2018.

Status May 11, 2016:
Lawyer and State Senator Brad Ava­kian (b.1961) was appointed to this office in 2008 and elected later that year. He had no opponents in 2014 and is running for Secretary of State in 2016.

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State Senate: 30 (17 D / 12 R / 1 V). Term: 4 years; half elected in 2016/18.
State House: 60 (35 D / 25 R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2016.

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