05/20/2014 11:49 pm ET

Monica Wehby Wins Primary In Oregon Senate Race


Monica Wehby has won the Republican primary in Oregon's Senate race, the Associated Press reports.

Wehby, a pediatric neurosurgeon, bested state Rep. Jason Conger in Tuesday's primary election. She will go on to challenge Democratic incumbent Sen. Jeff Merkley in November's general election.

The Huffington Post's Amanda Terkel reported earlier Tuesday on the race:

Wehby, a neurosurgeon, spent $500,000 in April and has raised $1.2 million since announcing her candidacy in October. Conger, a social conservative who has picked up endorsements from former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and Oregon Right to Life, raised only $82,000 in April, but $20,000 of that amount was money he loaned his own campaign. Conger has raised under $340,000 during his whole campaign.


In recent weeks, Wehby's relationship with lumber baron Andrew Miller has garnered national headlines. The state Democratic Party filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that a super PAC funded by Miller -- who was once romantically involved with the candidate -- is illegally coordinating with Wehby's campaign. Late last week, Politico reported that last year, Miller filed a police report accusing Wehby of stalking him. Miller has since said he regrets calling the police on Wehby.

Oregon is a vote-by-mail state, meaning each voter is mailed a ballot that they can either send back to the state or personally turn in. The deadline for turning in ballots was Tuesday at 8 p.m. PST.



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