2002 Oregon House Seats by Party: Willamette Valley


This post concentrates on districts in the Willamette Valley after the 2002 General Election.

Republicans represented all the areas outside the coast, the university towns of Corvallis and Eugene, and region neighboring Portland. Essentially, only the traditionally Democratic coast, universities, and Portland stayed out of Republican hands. Where Democratically-held districts extended into rural areas, such as House District 11, a sizable portion of the population was in a core Democratic area (in this case near the University of Oregon).

An earlier post shows the situation after the 2008 General Election: http://lindholmcompanyblog.com/?p=490

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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