Well, the pundits have punned, and the opinionated have opined, but on Sunday January 13 the first "real" people in Oregon voted for President. The Crook County Democratic Party held an unofficial straw poll open to all Crook County Democrats.
And why would that be important? Well, Crook County for 110 years was a bellwether County, predicting with its vote the winner as U.S. President. Only in 1992 with the election of President Clinton did Crook County lose its status as the last bellwether County in the United States. In fact, in the 126-year history of Crook County, only 1992 and 1996 were missed as being predictive votes. And … (drum beat inserted here) since the Crook County Democrats did have a majority vote for Clinton those years, well, we are the Bellwether Democrats. (Okay, I know the problem with that argument, but this is for fun, okay!)
And how did the Bellwether Democrats of Crook County vote?
Obama 50%, Edwards 38%, Clinton 6%, and Kucinich 6%
Please keep in mind that as a rural County, the above is a reflection of a voice not otherwise read on Blue Oregon.
I guess we will have to wait and see if the Crook County Democrats can truly claim their place as the Bellwether Democrats. I’ll remember this come November.