With less than two months until the May 15 primary, Republican candidates continue the strong fundraising they started last year (“Reversal of Fortune,” WW, Nov. 9, 2011).
From 2007, when Democrats took over the House, until last year, Democrats outraised Republicans about 2 to 1.
With the Oregon House currently deadlocked 30 to 30 and every seat up for grabs, much of the attention will be focused on that chamber rather than the Senate, but Republicans are showing strength raising campaign cash elsewhere as well.
In key statewide races, the Republicans all have an edge. While the race for labor commissioner is nonpartisan, the two candidates-—incumbent Brad Avakian, a Democrat, and state Sen. Bruce Starr (R-Hillsboro)—are closely identified with their respective parties.
Here’s a look at how much caucuses and statewide candidates have raised since Jan. 1, 2011.