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  •  Here In Oregon (0+ / 0-)

    Gordon Smith is a crafty politician, and has managed not to sound like the sort of Right Wing Nut that Oregonians tend to avoid. The real problem in getting him tossed out, however, is the lack of a "serious Democratic challenger" identified by StrangeAnimals. The best candidates have simply refused to step up, and the people stepping up just don't have the name recognition to make much progress.

    The state's only significant daily newspaper will undoubtedly support Smith wholeheartedly and absent some kind of scandal, he's probably good for another six years.

    •  Yes, barring a major misstep (0+ / 0-)

      Smith will be in the Senate as long as he wants to be.

      •  In Oregon, the DSCC has recruited (0+ / 0-)

        the Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives
        Jeff Merkley
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        Oregon state House Speaker Jeff Merkley is expected to announce a challenge to Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) in the next week, ending national Democrats’ long search for a challenger in what they say is still a top-tier target.

        I think that Smith is still favored but he will now have to work for the reelection and it could turn into Chafee-Whitehouse all over again. Merkley though really sounds like he is looking to increase his state-wide id for a governor's run in 2010. This is good news as we have challengers in most of the top-tiered races.

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