by NW Spotlight
National Journal Hotline is calling Sen. Jeff Merkley’s (D-Oregon) seat one of fifteen U.S. Senate seats “most likely to switch.” Merkley’s seat comes in at #15.
Hotline notes “Merkley is facing a field of untested Republicans. But disappointment over the 2010 health care law could resonate more in Oregon, which created its own exchange but has struggled to get it started. Even if the federal government gets its website fixed soon, Oregon’s portal might not be up until mid-December.”
Hotline further notes “One of Merkley’s GOP challengers is pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby, who has no political experience but could appeal to voters on the issue.”