Presidential Politics And Election Returns
Last Updated July 15, 2003
Oregon was once the most Republican state in the West, voting for Thomas Dewey over Harry Truman in 1948; in the 1980s and early 1990s it was one of the most Democratic. Now it seems more evenly balanced, much less Democratic than California, more Republican than the Rocky Mountain states. As compared to 1988, the 2000 Democratic percentage was flat and the Republican percentage up. One reason was the showing of Ralph Nader, who won 4% here in 1996, his best showing that year, and 5% in 2000. Oregon seems likely to be a target state in 2004.
Oregon once had an important presidential primary, scheduled in May. In 1948 Oregon ended Harold Stassen's serious presidential prospects, when he lost 52%-48% to Dewey; in 1968 Oregon gave Robert Kennedy his only defeat when it voted 44%-38% for Eugene McCarthy. Oregon in those days was part of a West Coast campaign swing, just before the California primary; at a time when campaigners were not used to flying all over the country they, like National Football League teams in the 1950s, scheduled West Coast contests together to minimize travel time. For 1992 and 1996, Oregon scheduled its primary for Super Tuesday in March, but it was overshadowed by bigger contests in the South. In 2000 the primary was held again in May. Few candidates remained. George W. Bush beat Alan Keyes and Al Gore beat Lyndon LaRouche.
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For 1992 and 1996 presidential results in Oregon, please see the Almanac 2000 online.
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