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Oregon Republican Raises $955,000 for Senate Bid

   

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Wehby is challenging Merkley, above. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Oregon Republican Monica Wehby will report raising more than $955,000 in her bid for Senate in the second quarter, according to fundraising figures provided first to CQ Roll Call.  

Wehby, a pediatric neurosurgeon, is challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley. She raised most of that haul — $846,000 — since May 1. Her campaign had $647,000 cash on hand at the close of the most recent reporting period, which runs from April 1 through June 30. The campaign will report $122,000 in debt.  

Wehby's second quarter fundraising was bested by Merkley, who raised $1.8 million.  

Merkley is favored to win in the Democratic leaning state, but Republicans hope that Wehby's credentials as a doctor will help put the seat in play in a year when the president's healthcare law is very unpopular. The issue could have more resonance in Oregon, which abandoned its state-run healthcare exchange earlier this year as its disastrous website never functioned.  

The race is rated Democrat Favored by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.  

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