hearing news that our great nation is gearing up to mobilize the national guard to kick out immigrants>>687360>The support isn't there.
Rightly so, eh?
>Those one or two cities have the population to make the state go Democratic consistently.
Portland is pretty much ~the~ city of Oregon.
Oregon has a little under 4 million people. Portland city itself has just shy of 600,000. The next 5 largest cities in Oregon cover a spread 150-90k people each, 4 of the 5 are within 40 miles of Portland anyway. The adjacent cities added in (the light rail transit system connects them literally anyways) the IMMEDIATE Portland greater boasts over 1 million people in major city limits, with the whole of its sprawl 2.2 million.
More than 25% of the state's population is in immediate greater portland and 2/3 of the state's population lives in the actual, statistical Portland Greater Metro sprawl.
Portland's economic megaregion spills well over into its neighboring states. Without Portland, your two closest metropolitan and international commerce centers are going to be SanFran, CA and Seattle, WA.
I'd say Portland looks pretty ideal to having either of those two being your 'connection to the rest of the world' from oregon.