LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) — Republicans are making a bold play for a U.S. Senate seat in reliably Democratic Oregon — where a Republican hasn't been elected to a statewide office in more than a decade.
Republicans back in Washington think they've found the right candidate in Monica Wehby. The children's brain surgeon has raised more than $1 million and has put her early opposition to President Barack Obama's health law at the center of her campaign.
The race is shaping up as a test of the GOP strategy of relentlessly using the health law against Democrats in hopes of regaining control of the Senate.
Republican voters will decide among Wehby, state legislator Jason Conger and a few others in next month's primary.