May 19, 2008

The Oregon Democratic Senate Primary today between attorney Steve Novick and state House Speaker Jeff Merkley is also noteworthy, as it pits an "insurgent" candidate (Novick) against the democratic establishment's choice. Rumors are the DSCC will pour millions into the race should Merkley win to go against republican Gordon Smith in November, as they did for Claire McCaskill in Missouri in 2006. Novick has countered with concerts by Pearl Jam and others next month at Madison Square Garden to give him the money needed. Polls show an extremely close race, a virtual toss up.

Steve Novick has become well-known for his self-deprecating and funny off-beat ads which make light of his physical disabilities while highlighting what he's done to overcome them. Chris Matthews is certainly a fan.

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