Growth in Voter Numbers in Oregon Governor’s Contest 1986-2010

Look back at the 1986 results (http://lindholmcompanyblog.com/?p=5215) and now look at the map above. If you had told a Republican strategist in 1986 that these population patterns would hold … how could they not expect a solidly Republican Oregon in 2010. The Republican areas in 1986 have generally grown the most. The Democratic areas in 1986 have generally grown the least.

Something has clearly happened to change the fundamental bases of partisan support in Oregon.

Source of data: Oregon Secretary of State.

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