RSLC Statement: Oregon Republicans Flip Seats and End Democrats’ Super-majority in Both Chambers
Overcome $1.7 Million in National Liberal Spending
By Republican State Leadership Committee
Oregon Republicans overcame $1.7 million in national liberal spending to gain seats and exit super-minorities in both chambers of the state Legislature. This is the first time since 2010 Republicans have net-gained seats in both chambers.
“Republicans’ strong performance this week shows voters want balance in Salem,” said RSLC President Dee Duncan. “The end of Democrats’ unchecked power in the Legislature means the brakes can be applied to their radical liberal agenda. This is a major step in the right direction for Oregon and a foothold for Republicans to expand upon these gains in the future.”
National liberal money allowed Democrats to outspend Republicans on television in state legislative races in Oregon $5.8 million to $4.4 million.
The RSLC spent just over $1 million in Oregon, but began investing early in the cycle. The RSLC’s early investment in candidates and support for key partner organizations fueled an innovative and strategic campaign that allowed Republicans to flip seats in both chambers despite having to overcome a massive spending disparity and a deep partisan disadvantage.
The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) is the largest organization of Republican state leaders in the country and only national committee whose mission is to recruit, train, and elect Republicans to multiple down-ballot, state-level offices. Thanks to our growing network of grassroots supporters in all 50 states, we help deliver wins for Republican state legislators, lieutenant governors, secretaries of state, agriculture officials, and state judges across the country.