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Oregon Senate - Huffman vs. Wyden

Candidates

Jim Huffman

Jim Huffman (R)

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Ron Wyden

Ron Wyden (D)*

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2010 Key Races: Governor | OR-1 | OR-4 | OR-5

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Polling Data

PollDateSampleHuffman (R)Wyden (D)Spread
Final Results----39.457.2Wyden +17.8
RCP Average10/16 - 10/28--38.055.3Wyden +17.3
SurveyUSA10/23 - 10/28580 LV3257Wyden +25
Rasmussen Reports10/25 - 10/25750 LV4253Wyden +11
Daily Kos/PPP (D)10/16 - 10/171229 LV4056Wyden +16

All Oregon Senate - Huffman vs. Wyden Polling Data

Race Analysis

10/8/10 -- Wyden's polling numbers have improved in recent polls, and he seems to be comfortably above 50 percent now.  This may be something of a missed opportunity for Republicans.

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Oregon had two Republican senators well into the 1990s. Both were anachronisms of sorts, drawn from the Progressive Republican tradition that used to dominate Oregon politics. One, Mark Hatfield, was a pacifistic, pro-life moderate, whose political career spanned four decades in Oregon. The other senator, Bob Packwood, was one of the leading pro-choice legislators in Congress, and one of two Republican senators to vote against Clarence Thomas’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

When Packwood was brought down by a slew of allegations that he had sexually harassed several women, Congressman Ron Wyden faced off against businessman Gordon Smith in a special election to replace him. Wyden won narrowly; Smith later joined Wyden in the Senate when Hatfield retired. Wyden’s voting record has been largely liberal, although not overwhelmingly so, and he has embraced some market-style initiatives, such as the eponymous Wyden-Bennett health care bill.

Wyden has won re-election handily, but the political environment this year has brought his numbers down. His polls through August have placed him right at 50 percent, which puts this race on our radar screen.

Polling Data

PollDateSampleHuffman (R)Wyden (D)Spread
Final Results----39.457.2Wyden +17.8
RCP Average10/16 - 10/28--38.055.3Wyden +17.3
SurveyUSA10/23 - 10/28580 LV3257Wyden +25
Rasmussen Reports10/25 - 10/25750 LV4253Wyden +11
Daily Kos/PPP (D)10/16 - 10/171229 LV4056Wyden +16
SurveyUSA10/12 - 10/14652 LV3456Wyden +22
Rasmussen Reports10/10 - 10/10750 LV3652Wyden +16
SurveyUSA9/12 - 9/14562 LV3854Wyden +16
Rasmussen Reports9/8 - 9/8750 LV3553Wyden +18
Rasmussen Reports8/22 - 8/22750 LV3656Wyden +20
SurveyUSA7/25 - 7/27567 LV3553Wyden +18
Rasmussen Reports7/26 - 7/26750 LV3551Wyden +16
Rasmussen Reports6/17 - 6/17500 LV3747Wyden +10
SurveyUSA6/7 - 6/9566 LV3851Wyden +13
Rasmussen Reports5/24 - 5/24500 LV3851Wyden +13
Rasmussen Reports2/16 - 2/16500 LV3549Wyden +14