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ELECTION 98 MAIN | | REMOTE NAVIGATOR

OREGON

Race Summary

Governor    (2132 of 2194 precincts reporting)
Kitzhaber (D) * 64%     Sizemore (R) 32%    
Senate    (2132 of 2194 precincts reporting)
Wyden (D) * 59%     Lim (R) 36%    
House 01    (465 of 465 precincts reporting)
Wu (D) 53%     Bordonaro (R) 45%    
House 02    (507 of 535 precincts reporting)
Campbell (D) 36%     Walden (R) * 61%    
House 03    (336 of 336 precincts reporting)
Blumenauer (D) * 84%    
House 04    (388 of 421 precincts reporting)
Defazio (D) * 68%     Webb (R) 32%    
House 05    (437 of 437 precincts reporting)
Hooley (D) * 56%     Shannon (R) 40%    
Updated November 04, 1998 03:40 P.M. EST

TOP RACES

GOVERNOR: Gov. John Kitzhaber (D), first elected in 1994, is seeking a second term; Bill Sizemore (R), executive director of Taxpayers United in Oregon, is the challenger.
Stuart Rothenberg's Race at a Glance

SENATE: Sen. Ron Wyden (D), first elected in 1996, is seeking a second term; state Sen. John Lim (R) is his challenger.
Stuart Rothenberg's Race at a Glance


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1998 POLLS

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POLL HOURS

Majority open 10 a.m. ET (7 a.m. PT) to 11 p.m. ET (8 p.m. PT)
Others open 9 a.m. ET (7 a.m. MT) to 10 p.m. ET (8 p.m. MT)


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SENATOR AND GOVERNOR NOT UP IN 1998

Sen. Gordon H. Smith (D), first elected 1996; next election in 2002.


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VACANCIES

1998 vacancies list


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HOUSE DISTRICTS

  • CD1 (Western Portland, suburbs):
    David Wu (D); Molly Bordonaro (R)
  • CD2 (East, southwest; Medford; Bend):
    Kevin Campbell (D); Greg Walden (R)
  • CD3 (East and north Portland, eastern suburbs):
    Earl Blumenauer (D); No Republican candidate
  • CD4 (Southwest; Eugene):
    Peter A. DeFazio (inc.) (D); Steve J. Webb (R)
  • CD5 (Willamette Valley; Pacific Coast; Salem; Corvallis):
    Darlene Hooley (inc.) (D); Marylin Shannon (R)


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    PRIMARY DATE

    May 19

    Primary results


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    FILING DEADLINE

    March 10

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    STATEWIDE BALLOT MEASURES

    Total Number: 14

    To Watch:
    Measure 57: Drugs Would make possession of less than one ounce of marijuana a Class C misdemeanor.

    Measure 59: Campaign Finance
    Would mandate that no public funds could be spent to collect or assist in the collection of political funds.

    Measure 60: Elections
    Would require vote by mail in biennial primary and general elections.

    Measure 61: Crime
    Repeat Offenders Initiative would impose tougher sentences on criminals who repeatedly violate major criminal laws, including crimes for killing people while driving while intoxicated.

    Measure 62: Fair Elections
    Would require the disclosure of political contributions over $500 and the disclosure of paid political advertising.

    Measure 64: Environmental Protection
    Would make it more difficult to cut timber.

    Measure 66: Lottery Funds
    Dedicates some lottery funding to parks, beaches, habitat and watershed protection.

    Measure 67: Medical Marijuana
    Would allow Oregonians with debilitating medical conditions to use marijuana without fear of penalty. Marijuana would be treated like medicines.


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    PARTY CONTROL

    Governor: Democrat
    U.S. Senate: 1 Democrat, 1 Republican
    U.S. House of Representatives: 4 Democrats, 1 Republican
    State Senate: 10 Democrats, 20 Republicans
    State House of Representatives: 29 Democrats, 31 Republicans


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    STATE LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS

    Senate: 15 seats up
    House: All 60 seats up


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    PARTY REGISTRATION

    State Projected Voting Age Population: 2,411,000 (1996)
    Registered Voters: (as of 6/98) 1,923,557

    Democrats: 779,799 40.5%
    Republicans: 695,315 36%
    Libertarian: 11,946 0.6%
    Reform Party: 1,221 0.06%
    Pacific Party: 2,986 0.2%
    Socialist Party: 1,381 0.07%
    Natural Law Party: 1,900 0.09%
    Unaffiliated: 402,555 20.9%
    Other: 26,454 1.4%

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    ELECTORAL VOTES

    7


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    PRESIDENTIAL VOTING HISTORY

    Clinton won in 1996; Clinton in 1992; Dukakis in 1988; Reagan in 1984; Reagan in 1980; Ford in 1976; Nixon in 1972; Nixon in 1968; Johnson in 1964; Nixon in 1960.

    LAST TIME VOTED DEMOCRATIC FOR PRESIDENT: 1996

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1996:

    Clinton 47%
    Dole 39%
    Perot 9%
    Other 5%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1992:

    Clinton 43%
    Bush 33%
    Perot 24%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1988:

    Dukakis 51%
    Bush 47%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1984:

    Reagan 56%
    Mondale 44%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1980:

    Reagan 48%
    Carter 39%
    Anderson 10%


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    PAST EXIT POLLS

    1992:

    1994:

    1996:


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    TURNOUT

    Historical voter turnout as a percentage of the voting age population 1996-1960


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    DEMOGRAPHICS

    Population: 3,204,000 (1996)
    (% of voting age population)

    White: 93.6%
    African American: 1.4%
    Asian: 2.3%
    Native American: 1.2%
    Other/Undeclared: 1.5%

    Persons of Hispanic origin account for 3.3% of the voting population (from 1990 Census)


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    STATE TIDBITS

    State Capital: Salem
    State Nickname: Beaver State

    Oregon's larger towns, including Portland, Eugene and Corvallis, are enclaves of high-tech industry, university students and environmentalists. From loggers in the Cascade Mountains to millworkers in towns like Roseburg ("Timber Capital of the Nation") and in eastern Oregon, folks tend to be more conservative, thus fueling the ongoing "lumberwars" and keeping the state's delegation to the House divided. The traditional Republican dominance in this state has shifted: Four of the five representatives are Democrats, and the senators are split. In 1996, Oregon had two open Senate seat contests, one in January to replace Bob Packwood (R) and one in the fall to replace Mark Hatfield (R), who retired after 30 years. Packwood resigned after the Senate Ethics Committee recommended his expulsion in the fall of 1995. Both Hatfield and Packwood were moderate Republicans. Gov. John Kitzhaber (D), a physician, is credited for bringing the health care reform debate not only to the state's, but to the national forefront in the early 1990's. If Kitzhaber wins reelection in 1998, he would be the first governor reelected in the state since 1982.


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    RELATED SITES

    NOTE: External sites will open in a new browser window.

    Government:

    Oregon Secretary of State Home Page
    http://www.sos.state.or.us/
    Oregon Elections Division
    http://www.sos.state.or.us/elections/elechp.htm
    Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber's Home Page
    http://www.governor.state.or.us/governor.html
    Oregon State Senate
    http://www.leg.state.or.us/senate.html
    Oregon State House of Representatives
    http://www.leg.state.or.us/house.html

    News Media:

    State Newspapers

    Oregonian (Portland)

    General Interest:

    The White House
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/WH/Welcome.html
    The House of Representatives
    http://www.house.gov/
    The Senate
    http://www.senate.gov/
    Library of Congress -- The Legislative Branch
    http://lcweb.loc.gov/global/legislative/congress.html
    Congressional Quarterly's American Voter
    http://voter.cq.com/
    Congressional Quarterly's VoteWatch
    http://pathfinder.com/CQ/
    THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet
    http://thomas.loc.gov/
    Federal Election Commission
    http://www.fec.gov/
    Democratic National Committee
    http://www.democrats.org/
    Republican National Committee
    http://www.rnc.org/
    Project Vote Smart
    http://www.vote-smart.org
    Policy.com
    http://www.policy.com/


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    Updated: October 25, 1998



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