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Oregon Republican Senate candidate Monica Wehby, right, talks to supporter Marvin Hausman in Lake Oswego, Ore.
Oregon Republican Senate candidate Monica Wehby, right, talks to supporter Marvin Hausman in Lake Oswego, Ore.
(Jonathan J. Cooper/Associated Press)

Oregon vote may show whether the GOP’s success lies in moderation

For a glimpse at the kind of politician who may come to define the future of the Republican Party, look to Oregon and a pediatric neurosurgeon named Monica Wehby.

If you never stepped outside Portland’s city limits, you could be forgiven for thinking that Oregon is the bluest state in America. It’s an irregular drumbeat of a town – a muddle of breweries, bike shops and beards – and as progressive as anywhere in the country. The last time they had the chance, seven out of 10 voters here sided with Barack Obama.