Analyzing the Oregon Democratic presidential primary (map included!)
There is one notable trend - the rural areas where Barack Obama spent time campaigning in gave him more votes (for example, in Pendleton and Bend, Oregon). This is very encouraging news because it means that Obama can win people over if he simply ventures off the beaten path.
Adding to what Kari Chrisholm has done with the Senate race, I've created a map of the Oregon presidential primary, showing the results by county. What's cool about this map is that it shows you the degree to which the candidate won.
The higher the percentage Obama or Clinton got, the darker the county is colored. The more competitive it was, the lighter the county is colored. Take a look:
No county went above seventy percent for Obama, although a couple of them came close. Multnomah, Lane, Benton, Hood River, and Deschutes went big for Barack. Clinton pulled in a huge victory in only one municipality, Morrow County. Everywhere else, it was Obama or Clinton by single digits.
In Wheeler, Baker, and Harney counties (out in the east), neither Clinton nor Obama broke the fifty percent ceiling. Apparently there were quite a few write-ins.
Major cities, including Portland (and suburbs), Salem, Eugene (and Springfield), Bend, Corvallis, and Medford all went for Barack Obama.
Clinton claimed southeast Oregon, while Obama took most of the southwest. Both candidates split the coast. Amusingly, the pattern of the coastal counties, looking north to south, was Obama, Clinton, Obama, Obama, Clinton, Clinton, Obama.
The Willamette Valley was all Obama, save for one rebel outpost - Linn County.
The candidates also divided central Oregon between them. Obama racked up a big victory in Deschutes, but Clinton took Crook County (no rhyme intended). Things might have gone differently in Crook County if Obama had detoured to Prineville from Bend, but of course, a candidate can't be everywhere.
With the Oregon primary over and done with, the entire Pacific Northwest is now united behind Barack Obama...and strongly so.
Our region has spoken with a definite and consistent voice. Our preference for the nomination could not be clearer: Washingtonian, Idahoan, and Oregonian Democrats want Barack Obama for President.