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  • Sen. Barack Obama, garnering an overall majority of pledged delegates on May 20, defeated Sen. Hillary Clinton in Oregonís unique mail-in primary, CNN projects.
  • Oregon's largely progressive political tradition proved to be a boon to Obama. Self-described liberals, comprising 57 percent of the state's electorate, backed Obama by 20 points, 60-40 percent, according to exit polls.
  • Obama's favorable numbers in Oregon reflected his strength with more-affluent, well-educated, secular voters. He defeated Clinton by an almost 2-1margin among men, said exit polls. Polls showed that Obama tied Clinton among white women -- long considered to be one of the New York senator's core constituencies.
  • Obama, once a long shot for the Democratic nomination, also won a majority of pledged delegates to the Democratic Convention bringing him about 70 delegates shy of the required number to win the partyís nomination. Nomination likely will be decided by dwindling pool of uncommitted superdelegates.
  • Full Oregon results | Democratic Scorecard | Republican Scorecard
Latest polls
Likely Democratic Oregon primary voters' choice for nominee in 2008:
Obama
50%
Clinton
40%
Unsure
10%
NO REPUBLICAN POLL AVAILABLE
Likely Republican Indiana primary voters' choice for nominee in 2008:
McCain
52%
Huckabee
23%
Unsure
25%
The Oregon Democratic "poll of polls" consists of three surveys: Portland Tribune (May 8-10), ARG (May 14-16), and Suffolk University (May 17-18). A margin of error for the poll of polls cannot be calculated.
Demographics

3,700,758
Population
90.5%
White
1.9%
Black
1.4%
American Indian/
Alaska Native
3.6%
Asian
2.4%
Mixed Race
4.2%
Other Race
$42,568
Median Household Income (2004)
12.9%
Percentage Income in Poverty, 2004
12.9%
Percentage Age 65 and Up
25.1%
Percentage with College Degree (2000)
10.2%
Percentage Hispanic
5.3%
Unemployment Rate as of 11/2006
U.S. Census Bureau, The Associated Press
Past General Elections
2004 Kerry (D) 51.6% Bush (R) 47.4%
2000 Gore (D) 47% Bush (R) 46.5%
1996 Clinton (D) 47.2% Dole (R) 39.1%
1992 Clinton (D) 42.5% Bush (R) 32.5%
1988 Dukakis (D) 51.3% Bush (R)) 46.6%
1984 Reagan (R) 55.9% Mondale (D) 43.7%
1980 Reagan (R) 48.3% Carter (D) 38.7%
1976 Ford (R) 47.8% Carter (D) 47.6%
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Past Highlights
DEMOCRATS
1968: Oregon voters handed New York Sen. Robert Kennedy a rare defeat in his family's storied political history. Minnesota Sen. Eugene McCarthy - stumping against the Vietnam War -- won Oregon's primary 44 percent to 38 percent.
1976: Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter lost the state to Sen. Frank Church of Idaho in the Democratic primary. Although Carter went on to win the White House, Oregon also went against him in the general election.
1988: Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson had his strongest primary showing of the year among white voters in overwhelmingly white Oregon.
REPUBLICANS
1948: Oregon hosted one of the first presidential primary debates broadcast on radio. Former Minnesota Gov. Harold Stassen battled New York Gov. Thomas E. Dewey in Portland on whether to outlaw the Communist Party. Dewey, who said the Communist Party should be stay legal, won the primary with 52 percent of the vote.
Primary Process
Democratic candidates will split 52 pledged delegates in proportion to their primary vote totals. Oregon Democrats have 12 superdelegates. Another delegate will be named at the Democratic state convention in June. Only registered members of each party may vote in that party's primary.

Source: Oregon Democratic Party
Current Government
Governor: Ted Kulongoski (D) barred by term limits
Senator: Gordon Smith (R) re-election 2008
Senator: Ron Wyden (D) re-election in 2010
U.S. House delegation: 4 Democrats, 1 Republican
State Senate: 19 Democrats, 11 Republicans
State House: 31 Democrats, 29 Republicans
State Capital: Salem
Local Media
Newspapers:
The Oregonian
Salem Statesman Journal
Eugene Register-Guard
Bend Bulletin
Klamath Falls Herald and News
East Oregonian
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