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  Oregon - Party Registration History
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Established February 14, 1859
Disbanded Still Active
Last ModifiedRP March 22, 2020 10:05pm
DescriptionIssues far from Oregon shaped affairs along the Pacific Coast in the 1850s. Sectional tensions heightened during the bumbling presidencies of Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, and James Buchanan. The Compromise of 1850 gained a little time, but its concessions satisfied neither proslavery extremists in the South nor abolitionists in the North. The nation was on its course to the Civil War. Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, enraged slaveowners as it swept across the country in a powerful indictment of the "peculiar institution." Formation of the Republican Party in 1854, troubles in "Bleeding Kansas" in 1856, the Dred Scott decision in 1857, and John Brown's raid on the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry in 1858 confirmed the divisions and tensions. The Republicans had drawn the line--no further expansion of slavery. They nominated John C. Fremont, a popular western explorer, for the presidency. Although Fremont lost, within four years their candidate, Abraham Lincoln, was headed to Washington, D.C., as the 16th president. Passions were high. Then came secession and war.

Three parties vied for political control in Oregon. The Democrats were an odd lot, including northerners opposed to slavery and southern diehards who supported an institution barred by the Organic Act of 1848. The Whigs held political patronage in the early 1850s but watched their party disintegrate nationally. The Know-Nothings were opposed to the political clique that had managed territorial government in Salem. These divisions confirmed the heavy hold of old persuasions and attitudes--the intellectual baggage carried by emigrants.

Without enabling legislation from Congress, Oregonians voted in June 1857 to hold a constitutional convention. The delegates assembled in Salem during the summer and drafted a governing document. It was modeled on those of Iowa, Indiana, and Michigan. The constitution limited public debt and placed tight controls on banks and corporations. An agricultural people, the convention delegates argued, had little use for frivolous expenditures or unnecessary institutions. In the fall voters faced three questions. Did they approve the constitution? They voted yes. Did they want slavery? They voted 7,727 no and 2,645 yes. Did they want freed African-Americans to live in Oregon? They voted eight to one against permitting their residency.

The actions in 1857 were predictable. Oregonians hungered for control of their own government and an end to the patronage appointments produced by shifting administrations in Washington, D.C. They also affirmed they did not want slavery in Oregon. The question of driving free African-Americans from the new state revealed resoundingly racist attitudes. They did not see freed slaves, Indians, or women standing equally before the law. In this Oregonians differed little from Thomas Jefferson. Architect of the Declaration of Independence and its gracefully worded affirmations of natural rights, Jefferson was a slave-owner all his adult life. He could not rise to the noble philosophy of personal freedom he articulated in the 1770s. Oregonians in 1857 appeared to have drunk from the same well.

In June 1858, residents of the territory elected officials as defined by their new constitution. For months the fate of Oregon statehood floated on shifting political coalitions distrustful of changing the fragile balance of power in Congress. It was known Oregon would be a free state, yet its newly elected senators--Joseph Lane and Delazon Smith--were proslavery Democrats. Finally Congress acted and on February 14, 1859, President Buchanan signed the bill. Oregon joined the federal union.

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INFORMATION
DateRegistrations
Sep 30, 2020
D1,043,175 (35.67%) N938,643 (32.09%) R750,718 (25.67%) IndOR130,668 (4.46%) LBT21,161 (0.72%) OTH16,840 (0.57%) WFP8,703 (0.29%) PAC7,993 (0.27%) CST3,657 (0.12%) PRG2,734 (0.09%)
Apr 30, 2020
D1,006,266 (35.14%) N962,453 (33.61%) R711,344 (24.84%) IndOR123,189 (4.3%) LBT19,215 (0.67%) OTH17,660 (0.61%) WFP9,128 (0.31%) PAC7,679 (0.26%) CST3,682 (0.12%) PRG2,215 (0.07%)
Jan 31, 2020
D973,766 (34.52%) N960,011 (34.03%) R701,878 (24.88%) IndOR124,048 (4.39%) LBT19,355 (0.68%) OTH17,939 (0.63%) WFP9,464 (0.33%) PAC8,284 (0.29%) CST3,713 (0.13%) PRG2,292 (0.08%)
Oct 31, 2018
D983,307 (35.54%) N881,100 (31.85%) R711,797 (25.73%) IndOR125,797 (4.54%) LBT19,944 (0.72%) OTH18,693 (0.67%) WFP9,934 (0.35%) PAC9,473 (0.34%) CST3,803 (0.13%) PRG2,493 (0.09%)
Oct 31, 2016
D988,848 (38.36%) R716,953 (27.81%) N687,585 (26.67%) IndOR119,664 (4.64%) OTH19,096 (0.74%) LBT19,065 (0.73%) WFP10,709 (0.41%) PAC10,252 (0.39%) CST3,670 (0.14%) PRG1,797 (0.06%) AE78 (0%)
Apr 30, 2016
D956,300 (41.6%) R688,133 (29.93%) N493,588 (21.47%) IndOR104,555 (4.54%) OTH18,450 (0.8%) LBT15,780 (0.68%) WFP9,738 (0.42%) PAC6,569 (0.28%) CST3,463 (0.15%) PRG1,348 (0.05%) AE496 (0.02%)
Oct 31, 2014
D831,756 (37.85%) R657,170 (29.9%) N535,309 (24.36%) IndOR107,912 (4.91%) OTH21,535 (0.98%) LBT17,825 (0.81%) PAC10,581 (0.48%) WFP9,172 (0.41%) CST3,628 (0.16%) PRG2,141 (0.09%) AE380 (0.01%)
Oct 31, 2012
D878,460 (39.58%) R688,504 (31.02%) N498,434 (22.45%) IndOR94,750 (4.26%) OTH23,161 (1.04%) LBT15,434 (0.69%) PAC11,143 (0.5%) WFP3,947 (0.17%) CST3,401 (0.15%) PRG2,041 (0.09%) AE82 (0%)
Oct 31, 2010
D865,084 (41.66%) R665,780 (32.06%) N426,663 (20.54%) IndOR63,396 (3.05%) OTH24,886 (1.19%) LBT13,469 (0.64%) PAC8,710 (0.41%) CST3,222 (0.15%) WFP3,187 (0.15%) PRG1,937 (0.09%)
Oct 31, 2008
D933,798 (43.23%) R696,502 (32.24%) N431,575 (19.98%) IndOR42,008 (1.94%) OTH28,359 (1.31%) LBT13,736 (0.63%) PAC8,887 (0.41%) CST2,999 (0.13%) WFP2,027 (0.09%) Pc94 (0%)
Oct 31, 2006
D773,437 (38.76%) R711,699 (35.67%) N442,205 (22.16%) OTH35,925 (1.8%) LBT15,306 (0.76%) PAC12,999 (0.65%) CST3,158 (0.15%) S291 (0.01%)
Aug 31, 2005
D794,616 (38.73%) R738,995 (36.02%) N448,604 (21.86%) OTH37,166 (1.81%) LBT16,005 (0.78%) PAC12,976 (0.63%) CST2,842 (0.13%) S273 (0.01%)
Sep 30, 2004
D791,412 (39.04%) R721,070 (35.57%) N444,457 (21.92%) OTH37,047 (1.82%) LBT16,236 (0.8%) PAC13,977 (0.68%) CST2,580 (0.12%) S285 (0.01%)
Jun 30, 2004
D736,709 (39.06%) R683,381 (36.23%) N401,348 (21.28%) OTH33,401 (1.77%) LBT15,164 (0.8%) PAC13,329 (0.7%) CST2,318 (0.12%) S267 (0.01%)
May 01, 2004
D727,347 (39.11%) R675,931 (36.34%) N393,407 (21.15%) OTH32,522 (1.74%) LBT14,862 (0.79%) PAC13,166 (0.7%) CST2,219 (0.11%) S281 (0.01%)
Dec 01, 2003
D720,946 (38.78%) R677,977 (36.47%) N395,492 (21.27%) OTH32,355 (1.74%) LBT15,020 (0.8%) PAC14,387 (0.77%) CST2,111 (0.11%) S375 (0.02%)
Nov 30, 2003
D720,946 (38.78%) R677,977 (36.47%) N395,492 (21.27%) OTH32,355 (1.74%) LBT15,020 (0.8%) PAC14,387 (0.77%) CST2,111 (0.11%) S375 (0.02%)
Oct 30, 2003
D719,984 (38.84%) R677,343 (36.54%) N394,920 (21.3%) OTH29,683 (1.6%) LBT14,874 (0.8%) PAC14,275 (0.77%) CST2,063 (0.11%) S337 (0.01%)
Sep 30, 2003
D715,025 (38.78%) R674,576 (36.58%) N391,448 (21.23%) OTH31,613 (1.71%) LBT14,696 (0.79%) PAC13,982 (0.75%) CST2,007 (0.1%) S351 (0.01%)
Aug 31, 2003
D727,659 (38.7%) R684,768 (36.42%) N402,304 (21.4%) OTH32,610 (1.73%) LBT15,176 (0.8%) PAC14,926 (0.79%) CST2,055 (0.1%) S337 (0.01%)
Jun 30, 2003
D722,619 (38.75%) R680,388 (36.48%) N398,002 (21.34%) OTH31,933 (1.71%) LBT14,849 (0.79%) PAC14,560 (0.78%) CST1,947 (0.1%) S337 (0.01%)
Jan 31, 2003
D729,580 (38.85%) R683,445 (36.39%) N401,167 (21.36%) OTH32,058 (1.7%) LBT14,683 (0.78%) PAC14,567 (0.77%) CST1,805 (0.09%) S369 (0.01%)
Nov 01, 1994
D786,990 (42.93%) R665,956 (36.33%) N351,136 (19.15%) OTH28,692 (1.56%)
Nov 01, 1992
D792,551 (44.64%) R642,206 (36.17%) N321,532 (18.11%) OTH19,127 (1.07%)
Nov 01, 1990
D692,100 (46.87%) R570,933 (38.66%) N160,917 (10.89%) OTH52,550 (3.55%)
Nov 01, 1988
D737,489 (48.24%) R590,648 (38.64%) OTH200,341 (13.1%)
Nov 01, 1986
D728,177 (48.47%) R587,154 (39.08%) OTH186,913 (12.44%)
Nov 01, 1984
D792,208 (49.24%) R594,387 (36.94%) OTH222,098 (13.8%)
Nov 01, 1982
D751,100 (49.52%) R551,718 (36.37%) OTH213,771 (14.09%)
Nov 01, 1980
D784,129 (49.96%) R564,771 (35.99%) OTH220,322 (14.04%)
Nov 01, 1978
D808,182 (54.52%) R511,621 (34.51%) OTH162,536 (10.96%)
Nov 01, 1976
D794,218 (55.92%) R497,297 (35.01%) OTH128,631 (9.05%)
Nov 01, 1974
D652,414 (57.07%) R439,667 (38.46%) OTH50,992 (4.46%)
Nov 01, 1972
D673,710 (56.25%) R473,907 (39.56%) OTH50,059 (4.17%)
Nov 01, 1970
D521,662 (54.59%) R410,693 (42.98%) OTH23,104 (2.41%)
Nov 01, 1968
D530,074 (54.54%) R420,943 (43.31%) OTH20,834 (2.14%)
Nov 01, 1966
D518,228 (54.56%) R412,586 (43.43%) OTH19,011 (2%)
Nov 01, 1964
D511,973 (54.9%) R402,336 (43.14%) OTH18,152 (1.94%)
Nov 01, 1962
D473,561 (53.58%) R395,351 (44.73%) OTH14,778 (1.67%)
Nov 01, 1960
D480,558 (53.36%) R405,195 (44.99%) OTH14,833 (1.64%)