OREGON
     Nov. 8, 2016 Governor (Special Election)

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+Kate Brown (D) i
985,027
50.62%
Bud Pierce (R)
845,609
43.45%
Cliff Thomason (I)
47,481
2.44%
James Foster (L)
45,191
2.32%
Aaron Auer (C)
19,400
1.00%
write-ins
3,338
0.17%

1,946,046

Total registered voters 2,553,808.  Total votes cast 2,051,452.
Plurality 139,418 votes (7.17 percentage points).
 OR Secretary of State


Notes: Secretary of State Kate Brown ascended to the office of governor on Feb. 16,, 2016 following resignation of Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) amid scandal.  She became the first openly LGBTQ person to serve as governor of an American state.  This was a special election to complete Kitzhaber's term, and the seat is up again in 2020.
 

The last Republican elected governor of Oregon was Vic Atiyeh in 1982.  Dr. Bud Pierce, a Salem oncologist, won the primary over Allen Alley and went on to face Brown. 
The Oregonian reported on Oct. 28 that Pierce spent nearly $2 million of his own money on the campaign.

There were five debates, four with just the major party candidates:
Sept. 24 - The Riverhouse in Bend (+);
Sept. 30 - at the City Club of Portland (+);
Oct. 6 - Oregon Public Broadcasting from Winston Churchill High School in Eugene
(+) [Brown, Pierce and Thomason];
Oct. 13 - studios of KOBI-TV/NBC5 in Medford (+);
Oct. 20 - at KGW-TV studios in Portland (+). 

Piece provoked significant controversy with a remark on domestic violence during the Sept. 30 debate. 

Corporate tax Measure 97 was the major issue in the campaign; Brown supported the measure and Pierce opposed it. 


Campaign Managers:
Kate Brown: Thomas Wheatley
(reported Sept. 22, 2016 replacing
Michael Kolenc, who was fired in earlier in Sept. (>))  Campaign director at Renew Oregon, Jan. 2015-Sept. 2016.  Organizing director at Freedom to Marry, 2012-15.  Deputy campaign manager on Suzanne Bonamici's special election campaign for Congress. Dec. 2011-Feb. 2012.  Organizing director for Basic Rights Oregon, 2005-12.  Campaign manager for No on Measures 5-180 and 5-181, July-Nov. 2008.  Lead organizer for NY Jobs with Justice, 2001-04.  Program associate at the National Labor Committee, 1999-2001.  Two years in graduate studies in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997-99; B.A. in sociology from UC San Diego, 1996.

Bud Pierce: Nick Rhoten
Finance coordinator at Golden State Consultants in San Diego, Jan.-Oct. 2015.  Campaign scheduler/operations on Dr. Monica Wehby for U.S. Senate, June-Dec. 2014.  B.A. in history and political science from Linfield College.






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