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Nation takes notice of Republican primary (OR) ^ | 4/27/14 | Lily Raff McCaulou

Posted on 04/28/2014 1:42:43 PM PDT by cotton1706

In recent weeks, the Oregon Republican primary for U.S. Senate has been in the Wall Street Journal, on Fox News, on MSNBC and on the Washington Post’s website.

That’s an impressive publicity rap for candidates who have little name recognition in a decidedly blue state. There are a few reasons why the battle between front-runners Jason Conger, a state representative from Bend, and Monica Wehby, a physician from Portland, has captured national attention.

One, though the vulnerability of incumbent Democrat Jeff Merkley is open to debate, Republicans believe they could wrest control of the Senate in November. The numbers are close enough that interest is growing even in heavily Democratic states such as Oregon.

Two, both candidates have compelling personal stories that are easily condensed into catchy sound bites. Conger, a state representative from Bend, grew up in poverty and almost dropped out of high school before eventually graduating from Harvard Law. His website describes his story as “Homeless to Harvard.” Wehby, of Portland, is a pediatric neurosurgeon whose first television ad features the quip that politics is “not brain surgery.” Wehby’s opposition to the Affordable Care Act has prompted campaign bumper stickers that read, “Keep your doctor. Change your Senator.”

And third, at least to some, the race between Conger and Wehby is representative of a greater struggle within the GOP. The tea party, a grass-roots movement that sprung from the Republican Party in 2009, continues to fracture the conservative base.

Meanwhile, some Republicans warn that if the party doesn’t bend on social issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion, it will lose its appeal among younger voters.

Five Republicans will appear on the Republican ballot, including Mark Callahan, Timothy Crawley and Jo Rae Perkins. Only two candidates, however, have dominated the race.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections
Jason Conger for Senate!
1 posted on 04/28/2014 1:42:43 PM PDT by cotton1706
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A doctor who is wobbly on abortion is not the answer.

I’d pick the home-schooling dad.

2 posted on 04/28/2014 2:51:47 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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