OREGON

Wehby Airs Powerful Biographical Ad

Meanwhile, Merkley internal shows him above 50 percent.

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Andrea Drusch
April 23, 2014, 7:20 a.m.

A new ad from pe­di­at­ric neurosur­geon Mon­ica We­hby’s (R) cam­paign fea­tures a tear­ful moth­er whose daugh­ter was saved by a spin­al sur­gery per­formed by We­hby. Aside from high­light­ing We­hby’s im­press­ive bio­graphy, the spot subtly points to her con­ser­vat­ive pro-life cre­den­tials, work­ing to see through a preg­nancy that some doc­tors had sug­ges­ted be ter­min­ated. (Hot­line re­port­ing)

MERKLEY ABOVE 50. A poll con­duc­ted on be­half of Sen. Jeff Merkley’s (D) re-elec­tion cam­paign by Ben­en­son Strategy Group (D) puts the Demo­crats up 16 points over state Rep. Jason Con­ger (R) and 20 points over We­hby (R) (April 14-17, 600 LVs, ±4.00%). The sur­vey pushed back on num­bers re­leased by Harp­er Polling (R) in early April that showed Merkley un­der 50%. It also polled the two chal­lenger against ea­choth­er, and found Con­ger up %24 per­cent to 22% with 55% un­de­cided (April 14-17, 410 LPVs, ±4.00%). (The Ore­go­ni­an)

The Port­land Tribune has en­dorsed We­hby in the GOP primary as the party’s “best shot” against a “well-fun­ded Demo­crat­ic in­cum­bent.” It con­cedes that the doc­tor lacks polit­ic­al ex­per­i­ence, but is wise on health care and real­ist­ic about chances of re­peal­ing Obama­care. It also points out her ex­per­i­ence work­ing on polit­ic­al is­sues while serving in lead­er­ship roles at the Ore­gon Med­ic­al As­so­ci­ation and the Amer­ic­an Med­ic­al As­so­ci­ation. (Port­land Tribune)

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