The 2010 election is a long way off, but rumors abound that Congressman Peter DeFazio will run for Governor. He has not yet announced his plans. If Mr. DeFazio does run for Governor, his seat will become open for the first time in 24 years. Republicans have traditionally done better in the 4th than in Oregon as a whole.

Our firm decided to test leading 4th District Republicans, current Springfield Mayor Sid Leiken, former Labor Commissioner Jack Roberts, and former News Anchor Rick Dancer, in a hypothetical primary match. None have yet announced for the seat.


If the election were held today, Dancer would lead with 43%, Roberts would get 10% and Leiken would get 9%. Those without an opinion stand at 38%.

It is important to remember that this survey is very early and is only a snapshot in time. No seat is yet open, no campaign has yet started, and the May 18 Primary Election Day is more than 400 days away.

A reasonable conclusion is that Dancer starts with a big lead due to name ID, but that he is far from sewing up the race since nearly 40% of likely voters are undecided.

The survey consists of 400 telephone interviews of likely 2010 Republican Primary voters conducted March 1 through 3, 2009. The margin of error at the sample median is 5%. A model of the sample population was used to insure a representative sample.

Lindholm Research is not currently (as of posting) employed by any candidate for the 4th Congressional District. This survey was conducted as part of a long term research project and was completely funded by Lindholm Research.

Reports from other elements of this and other research projects will be made from time to time on the blog.

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