Earlier this month, Cornilles's campaign released the results of an internal pol
l that showed him trailing Bonamici in the Democratic-leaning district by just four points, 46 percent to 42 percent. But national Republicans don't seem to be of the opinion that the race is worth a major investment. Save for a five-figure coordinated expenditure TV ad
in conjunction with the National Republican Congressional Committee, no national money has flowed in on Cornilles's behalf in the form of ad buys.
In contrast, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, EMILY's List and Planned Parenthood have all been advertising on TV with the hopes of boosting Bonamici's chances. Make no mistake: she is expected to win the race. The district leans Democratic -- President Obama
won it with 61 percent of the vote in 2008, and Sen. John Kerry
, D-Mass., won with 55 percent in 2004.
The election is conducted entirely by mail. Ballots are due by 8 p.m. on Jan. 31. Ballots were mailed out Jan. 13-17. Based on initial estimates, turnout is projected to be to be north of 50 percent