Oregon: why not an early presidential primary?

Over at WesternDemocrat.com, there's a guest column by Scott Bellows (from Eugene) who takes notice of the various changes to the presidential primary calendar and asks a cogent question:

Why are the only Western states being considered located in the Southwest? Marketing experts commonly test new advertising campaigns in Oregon because it's representative of the nation's overall demographics (it has everything from hippies to farmers to cowboys to millworkers), and because advertising costs are relatively low; those same factors, plus the fact that the state demographically mirrors parts of the more influential states California and Washington and would draw strong media coverage from those larger markets, make Oregon a great choice for an early primary.

Read the rest and discuss at Western Democrat.


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