2002 Oregon House Seats by Party: Portland Metro



This post presents the situation in the Portland Metro after the 2002 November General in greater detail than the earlier statewide post could.

Republicans generally represented the suburbs and Democrats represented Portland and the coast. In the few cases where Democratic districts extended into the suburbs, a sizable portion of the population was in Portland, such as House District 33, a sizable portion of the population was in a core Democratic area (in this case northwest Portland).

An earlier post shows the situation after the 2008 General Election: http://lindholmcompanyblog.com/?p=487

After decades of steady Republican registration gains, the 2002 election voters were the most Republican electorate in Oregon since official records on partisan turnout began being kept in 1964:  http://lindholmcompanyblog.com/?p=11; and probably the best since 1954. 2002 saw an even more Republican Oregon electorate than during the 1994 Republican national landslide.

2002 saw the high point of Republican victories during this decade. Since 2002 there has been a steady decline in the number of Republican districts.

In general, the partisan geography of Oregon’s house districts follow the national trends where urban areas are the most Democratic, rural areas are the most Republican, and suburban areas are in the middle.

The Democrats were in control of the 2001 redistricting process and many felt that fact alone would lead to big Democratic gains. The strong Republican registration and turnout more than counterbalanced the Democratic advantage in district boundaries.

Color coding of map:
Red: Republican representative
Blue: Democratic representative

Source of data: Oregon Secretary of State.


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