Joe Turner, Columbia City
During the 2016 election, cycle Columbia County had approximately 35.24% registered Democrats, 12,560, but records show only 10,260 voted for Hillary Clinton; still plenty enough to defeat the 28.38% registered Republicans, 9,960, of which 100% voted for Donald Trump.
But at the recent Republican Lincoln Fundraiser held in St. Helens, OR, the chair of the local Republican Party failed to acknowledge the 3,277 votes from minor party members and non-affiliated-voters who helped Donald Trump win Columbia County with a 13,256 final vote count, but again it is a Republican function.
According to the Oregon Secretary of State’s office, current records indicate that the number of non-affiliated-voters will eclipse Democratic voters before the next November General Election, giving non-affiliated-voters 33%, Democrats 33% and Republican 27% of registered voters in Oregon.
Thereby with only 27% Republicans alone not elect a single candidate to single public office, city, county or state without assistance from other party members or non-affiliated-voters.
Democrats and Republicans may control the Oregon closed primary election, but come November they will half to deal with the non-affiliated voters who owe allegiance to no one.