||Of the voting population of
1,528,980, 8.0% are Latino and 1.5% are black. There are
currently no blacks or Latinos representing Oregon.
Under the proposed super districting system, minority voters
supporting a candidate with crossover appeal could elect a
candidate of choice in coalition with white voters.
||In the 2000 Presidential election,
Al Gore won Oregon with 47.1% of the vote over George W.
Bush's 46.7%. The state's overall Democratic
partisanship is 48.7%. Under the current five-district
system, two districts can be considered Republican, one can be
considered Democratic, and two can be considered
competitive. Under the proposed super districting plan,
voters would likely elect two Democrats and two Republicans
with one representative who could come from either party.