Pro-Trump Counties in Oregon wants to be Idaho Instead

Several rural counties of Oregon want to move to Idaho due to their political preferences. The 5 counties approved joining Idaho through ballot measures this week, and two more counties are hoping to be part of this red movement as well. According to NPR, Mike McCarter, president of the advocacy group (Citizens for Greater Idaho) stated “This election proves that rural Oregon wants out of Oregon, and If we’re allowed to vote for which government officials we went, we should be allowed to vote for which government we want as well.”
These 7 counties voted for former President Trump in the 2020 election, and this advocacy group still wants to shift the borders. These counties are located in eastern and southern Oregon, and if this was to be allowed in the near future, then Idaho will be a stronger red state since 1992. Idaho is one of the red states and these seven counties from Oregon will gain Idaho more congressional seats in the near future if this apportionment and redistricting rule will be proved by the legislatures of Oregon and Idaho and the U.S constitution.
Currently, the second congressional district of Oregon is red. As much of those that prefer Trump are in rural communities, Oregon likely does not benefit too highly from them. Nonetheless, they continue to be a vital part of the state of Oregon in terms of property taxes or other minor revenue streams. The red counties also have not considered whether their currently legal cannabis farms would stay legal if they were to join Idaho.
A few years ago, California wanted to be independent of the U.S, and some of them were also prone to stay red. Despite the obvious “blueness” of California during major election cycles, should this continue, more and more people are likely to see the democratic party becoming less favored along the west coast, and their votes not an automatic default blue.
One congressional district requires at least 30,000 population and these seven counties could be enough to gather one more seat for the red in the red state or stay as it is in the blue state.
As the balance between the blue and red states continue to sway from cycle to cycle, and as the mid-year elections are soon coming upon us, it is important to take these desires into account, not just in the typical southern or mid-western states, but even in “default blue” states like Oregon and California.
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