Jason Conger: Challenges at end of Primary

Rep. Jason Conger

Rep. Jason Conger

by NW Spotlight

As the May 2014 Republican Primary draws to a close – voting will end at 8pm on Tuesday, May 20 – two of the challenges that Rep. Jason Conger is facing in his campaign for U.S. Senate are some recent polling results and significantly less national support than his principal opponent, Dr. Monica Wehby.

Recent polling results

A poll conducted last week by Wenzel Strategies for the Taxpayer Association of Oregon PAC showed Monica Wehby with a 42.9% to 22.3% lead over Rep. Jason Conger.  Those poll results were picked up in yesterday’s Washington Post Morning Bits.

Jeff Mapes at The Oregonian was more skeptical of the poll results. Mapes wrote “it’s questionable whether the poll, conducted by an Ohio firm, captured an accurate picture of the Republican electorate in Oregon,” and that the polls’ numbers on conservative, moderate and liberal Republicans “doesn’t seem to match other surveys of the Oregon electorate.” In an update to his article, Mapes also noted that a major backer of the Taxpayer Association is also a major backer of Dr. Monica Wehby.

In another poll reported last week, of the register voters surveyed “40% planned on voting for Dr. Wehby and 39% for Sen. Merkley.” When voters who are “leaning towards” are included, Wehby is up 45% to 41% over Merkley. Conger was not included in the survey questions.

Regardless of any issues with the polls, the results do help Conger’s principal opponent, Monica Wehby – which will help her with name recognition and help her get her message out to Republican voters.

Less national support

Conger’s principal opponent in the Primary, Dr. Monica Wehby, has been enjoying significant national support. She’s received endorsements from national figures like Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, and the Wehby campaign recently reported a $1.1 million to $277k fundraising advantage over Conger.

Wehby has picked up major support from several Republican U.S. senators – including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and she appeared at a fundraiser for the National Republican Senatorial Committee in Orange County (CA) in late April.

Conger, who has significant support within Oregon (he is endorsed by almost all of the Oregon Republican state senators and state representatives), has had some recent support come in from outside of Oregon. He received the endorsement of Brent Bozell “because he will be a leader who will fight for Oregonians instead of a follower who will kow-tow to the Washington establishment and President Obama.” Conger also has benefited from the from TV ads from a socially conservative super-PAC. The super-PAC is funded by a socially conservative New York hedge fund manager and one of the people running the super-PAC is Gov. Mike Huckabee’s daughter.

Despite Conger’s recent support from outside of Oregon, Wehby’s significant support from outside of Oregon is helping her outspend Conger in TV advertising in the Primary.

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  • .

    IMO, Conger a RINO – respectably married with kids – better situated in Mahonia Hall than the dotty gov cohabiting with a DNC moll-in-estrous beckoning him a bed…’en so drawing a dunce upon a mattress.

    • Eric Blair

      What makes him a RINO? Socially, at least, he appears to be a conservative.

      • .

        You ought have your eyes and ayes reexamined monsieur entrenched Dem!

        • Eric Blair

          I suppose it was asking too much for a straight answer. And I also guessed that you didn’t know either.

          • .

            RINO you ask Conger of his votes with Dem toot’n what’s left of US?

          • Eric Blair

            Depends upon the issue. Simply voting the same as Democrats doesn’t automatically make someone a RINO. Which measures was he in agreement with the Democrats?

          • .

            You’re so blue, ‘soviet’ why does your laundry list of candid-aches michael moore-on lie out as a carrion or less?

            ErgoSmirko Blair, IMO you pe’er jackass t’wit sumachez DEMonaire: You sound off like a duped Appell shitz’n slinger and/or his udder kind slip-sodden out in an anal mule farm HMO’d by what’s left of US.

  • actionsspeaklouder

    If Mitch McConnell supports Wehby – I’m voting for Conger.

  • Jane

    I’m voting for Conger. Wehby is being propped up by people outside the state, who most likely haven’t bothered to listen to how weak she is when questioned, and who are simply impressed because she is a woman and a pediatric neurosurgeon. If she wins the primary, I will vote for her in Nov, but I believe Conger is the better candidate, and I believe he is just as competitive as Wehby against Merkley.

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