As the midterm elections approach next year, Umatilla County’s largest political group will hold no primaries and field no candidates.

This group casts the widest of tents and houses a wide spectrum of political views, but it’s more of a designation than a party.

According to Oregon Secretary of State data, 2017 marked the first year non-affiliated voters surpassed Republicans as the largest group of registered voters in Umatilla County. Non-affiliated voters had been the second largest group, moving past Democrats in 2014.

In October, there were 15,909 non-affiliated voters, good for 38 percent plurality in the electorate.

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