Ben Cannatti and Ford O'Connell

At the federal level, many Republicans view Oregon—with two Democratic Senators and four out of five Democratic U.S. Representatives—a far-left leaning liberal bastion with anachronistic fiscal and social policies. At the state level, though, the Beaver State is a swing state with elections that could go either way.  

Yes, the Democrats hold roughly a 10 percentage-point advantage over Republicans in voter registrations, but with more than a quarter of the electorate registered as unaffiliated or with third-parties, the Democratic advantage is far from locked in.   No, the Republicans are not going to magically flip the Congressional delegation this year, but they do have a shot at breaking the Democrats’ current stranglehold in Salem. A few key victories could curtail the Dem’s redistricting advantage and lay the groundwork for future GOP success in the Beaver State.

In the race for governor, Republican nominee and former NBA player Chris Dudley currently leads his Democratic opponent. Republicans can take control of the 30-member Oregon State Senate if they are able to net four seats in the midterm elections. Even if they don’t win the upper chamber, getting closer to parity with the Democrats in the senate would give the Republicans a strong negotiating position with a friendly Governor.

In the 60-member Oregon House of Representatives, a GOP takeover is seven seats away.  Because Democrats currently have a super-majority, with slightly more than three-fifths of the seats on their side of the aisle, they don’t even need the Republicans to show up to pass bills at will.  Republicans are well positioned to not only end the Democrat super-majority, but also to retake the majority that Oregon Democrats captured during the 2006 mid-term elections.

The Oregon GOP is targeting 29th House District – a district comprised of Hillsboro, Cornelius and Forest Grove in western part of the state – as one of the first steps to breaking the 4 years of Democrat dominance. 

Republican nominee, Katie Eyre Brewer, is a 20-year Hillsboro resident and CPA with extensive leadership roles in her community, having served as chair of the Hillsboro Board of Directors and as Vice President of the Hillsboro Planning Commission. Brewer has been involved with her community for many years and can make a credible claim to understand the real needs of her neighbors and her district.

Ben Cannatti and Ford O'Connell

Ben Cannatti is Political Director of the Republican State Leadership Committee. Ford O'Connell is the co-founder of ProjectVirginia.