Republicans in Oregon haven’t won statewide office for 10 years. Their best hope for a statewide seat this year was the race for Secretary of State, but Republican candidate Knute Buehler lost to Democrat Kate Brown. The evenly divided Oregon House tipped in favor of Democrats in this election. And Republicans failed to make a dent in the state’s Democratically-controlled Senate. What does all this mean for the future of the party?
Think Out Loud host David Miller explored that question today with the chairman of the Oregon Republican Party, Allen Alley. Alley pointed out that unaffiliated — or in his words, “none of the above” — voters may offer the party’s best hope for the future.
Alley went on to say that Republicans do best when economic and fiscal issues are most important to voters, rather than social issues.
“If that Republicans can demonstrate that we actually can deliver more bang for your tax dollar, we’re going to attract voters,” he said. “Now getting elected it’s a chicken and egg problem. You can’t do it if you’re not elected.”
Click “play” above to hear the conversation.