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August 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Oregon — a swing state? No, but Karl Rove has eyes on it

You’ve heard the political analysis. You’ve seen the maps. The Left Coast and the northeastern corner of the U.S. are blue, states that often, very predictably, vote for Democratic candidates for president. Why, then, is Republican strategist Karl Rove saying he thinks Oregon could move to the Republican column, not this election, but perhaps in 2016? Consider his seemingly wild prediction, captured in a piece in Politico‘s Burns & Haberman blog.

“The Battle for the White House” map of the U.S.
from Real Clear Politics.
The Left Coast is pretty blue, but Oregon is a lighter shade of it.Source: Real Clear Politics 

 

What do you think: Could Oregon vote for a Republican president in 2012?

The New York Times’ Five Thirty Eight column, by the by, said Oregon is on the cusp “of  safe and in play” for Democrats. In the “Presidential Geography” series, Five-Thirty-Eight says President Obama has a huge chance of winning Oregon in 2012, but a wave election, in which everything goes right for the GOP, could conceivably paint Oregon red or pink.

 

 

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