Former Vice President Mike Pence in Hillsboro today to address Republicans in Washington County


Like other potential GOP 2024 presidential candidates, the political future of former Vice President Mike Pence depends on the whims of his former boss, ex-President Donald Trump. This does not prevent him from traveling the country, including Oregon.

Pence is heading to Hillsboro today to address the Washington County GOP’s annual Reagan Dinner. The event comes a week after lawmakers in Oregon completed their work on a redistribution, a process that showed just how dominant Democrats have become in that state.

Ten years ago, when legislators were last redistributed, the balance of power was very different. -12 super-majority in the Senate.

One of the biggest changes in the past decade has come in Hillsboro, where Pence will be speaking.

In 2011, State Senator Bruce Starr and State Representatives Katie Eyre and Shawn Lindsay, all Republicans, represented Hillsboro in the legislature. Today, Democrats hold these three seats. It’s part of a change that saw Democrats’ voter registration advantage drop from eight percentage points in September 2011 to 18 percentage points today – and saw the number of Republicans registered in County of Washington, the second largest county in the state, shrink by 7,000 voters even as the number of registered voters in the county increased by 115,000.

Oregon Republicans have struggled over the past decade to find a message that resonates with urban and suburban Oregon voters. With significantly higher murder rates here and across the country during the pandemic, Pence will introduce a topic – law and order – that the GOP hopes will help them reverse their losses.

According to event organizers, Pence will speak on “rising murder and violent crime rate in cities across the country, supporting law enforcement, enforcing the rule of law , public safety, and the conservative efforts Pence led while governor to make Indiana the best place to live and visit. ”

Tickets for the event are sold out, but viewers can watch Pence’s speech online at 7 p.m.

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