I have often heard it said that Oregon elections are controlled by the whims of Portland. Perhaps in some elections, that's the case. But not in the 2012 General Presidential Election.
A perusal of the county by county results posted at the Secretary of State's website tells the story.
Obama won 910,586 votes in Oregon compared to Romney's 717,409. Subtracting the totals for Multnomah County for both candidates (256,925 and 70,958, respectively), Obama still comes out ahead with 653,661 to Romney's 646,451. A lot of Obama's muscle outside of Multnomah County appears to have come from Washington County, who gave Obama a 36k lead over Romney. Even Clackamas County, unfriendly to Dems down ticket, voted in larger numbers for Obama.
That's not to say that there isn't still a political divide in Oregon. Oregon's mostly rural 2nd Congressional District sent Republican Greg Walden back to Congress in a walk. The district (which encompasses part or all of 19 counties) voted in large share for Romney. Those counties gave Romney 177,125 votes--125,317 for Obama. But those are totals for NINETEEN counties. Tiny numbers relative to the rest of the state.
Other stuff I found interesting whilst looking over these numbers:
957 people are registered to vote in Wheeler County. 871 of them voted. That's a 91.01% turnout. The county in Oregon with the lowest turnout % is Yamhill, with 55.12%.
In Clackamas County, Tea Party bully John Ludlow won the Clackamas County Chair race with 75,627 votes, or 52.2%. The other conservative, Tootie Smith, won the open county commission seat 75,759 or 52.5%. Obama won the county with 94,013 votes while Romney received 87,551. Clackamas County reports that 188,242 total ballots were cast. I'm not a field person, but that seems like a massive under vote in the county commission races.
Like I said previously, progressives have A TON of work to do in Clackamas County, but I'm wondering how much of this could be solved with some aggressive down ticket GOTV. Thoughts?