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Oregon's United States congressional districts
The 2008 congressional elections in Oregon were
held on November 4, 2008, to determine who will represent the state of Oregon in the United States House
of Representatives, coinciding with the presidential
elections. Representatives are elected for two-year terms those
elected will be serving in the 111th Congress from
January 3, 2009 until January 3, 2011.
Oregon has five seats in the House, apportioned according to the
2000 United States Census.
Its 2007–2008 congressional delegation consisted of four Democrats and one Republican. This
remains unchanged although CQ Politics had forecasted
district 5 to be at some risk for the incumbent party earlier in
A primary election for Democrats and Republicans was held on
May 20. To be eligible for the primaries, candidates had to file
for election by March 11.
Other parties had other procedures for nominating candidates.
The candidates for the general election were:
Democratic incumbent David
Wu has represented Oregon's 1st
congressional district since 1998 and is the Democratic nominee
in 2008, defeating Will Hobbs and Mark Welyczko in the primary.
Hobbs, a political novice, earned some attention late in the race,
by winning the endorsements of major newspapers The Oregonian
and Willamette Week. He won
16.7% of the vote to Wu's 78.0%.
In the Republican primary,
Joel Haugen defeated pathologist Claude W. Chappell IV,
but later withdrew his acceptance of the Republican nomination
after his endorsement of Democrat Barack Obama for President drew objections
from Republican party leaders.
Incumbent Republican Greg Walden has represented Oregon's 2nd
congressional district since 1998 and was unopposed for the
Republican nomination in 2008.
In the general election, he faced Democrat Noah Lemas (campaign website), a small business owner,,
Richard Hake of the Constitution Party of
Oregon and Pacific Green Party candidate
Incumbent Democrat Earl Blumenauer has represented Oregon's 3rd
congressional district since 1996 and was the Democratic
nominee in 2008, defeating TV co-host John Sweeney and retired
utility worker and peace activist Joseph "Lone Vet" Walsh in the
In the general election, he faced Republican Delia Lopez, a real
and Pacific Green Party candidate Michael Meo.
Incumbent Democrat Peter DeFazio has represented Oregon's 4th
congressional district since 1986 and was unopposed for the
Democratic nomination in 2008.
He was being challenged in the general election by Constitution
Party member Jaynee Germond and Pacific Green Mike
Beilstein, a research chemist.
CQ Politics forecasted the race as 'Safe Democrat'.
Democratic nominee Kurt Schrader won against Republican
Erickson, 166,070 (54.5%) to 116,418 (38.2%). Also competing
were Libertarian nominee Steve
Milligan, Constitution nominee
Douglas Patterson, Pacific Green nominee Alex Polikoff
and Independent Sean Bates.
In February 2008, Democrat Darlene Hooley, who had represented Oregon's 5th
congressional district since 1996, announced that she would not
seek re-election in 2008. The
race to replace her was expected to be one of the most competitive
in the nation, since the district contained about 2,000 more
Republicans than Democrats at that time.
There were two major factors for the competitiveness of the
race: first, the demographics of the district had changed
dramatically. In June, there were 20,000 more registered Democrats
than Republicans in the district, a net swing of 22,000 voters
Secondly, Republican nominee Erickson won a contentious primary in
which an opponent, Kevin Mannix, raised an allegation that
Erickson paid for a former girlfriend's abortion. The girlfriend
subsequently went public with the information, but Erickson denied
knowledge of the event.
Mannix refused to endorse Erickson in the general election.
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Despite the initial closeness of the race, most major political
analysts later ranked the race as "Lean Democratic."
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Cook Political Report