Oregon Statewide Partisan Contests 1982-2008

This graphic summarizes the winning percentages of Republican candidates when running in the three different categories of statewide contests: Republican Incumbent, Democratic Incumbent, and Open Seat.

Both Republican and Democratic statewide incumbents win in excess of 90% of the time. This is expected. However, the Democrats also win open seats in excess of 90% of the time. This failure to win open seat contests is the basis for the Republican statewide failure the past quarter century.

Source of data: Oregon Secretary of State.

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