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May 19, 2014


Are Republicans Stuck with Flawed Candidate in Oregon?

Rick Klein: "This wasn't supposed to happen anymore. The late-breaking revelation that GOP Senate candidate Monica Wehby - first reported by Politico late last week - was accused of stalking by an ex-boyfriend undercuts a powerful biographical story around the first-time candidate, a renowned pediatric surgeon. And in Oregon, a vote-by-mail state, it may actually have come too late to swing the primary. Instead, the news is likely to help define Dr. Wehby for the general election - undercutting what would always have been a longshot campaign against a Democratic Senate incumbent. More broadly, it undercuts Republican attempts to further expand the Senate field - and serves as a reminder, again, that candidates matter. These aren't the kinds of surprises Republicans were looking for this year."














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