Harper polling just released a poll that showed Jason Conger as the only candidate within striking distance of Jeff Merkley. Harper Polling is a nationally-recognized political polling company and has worked for members of Congress across the country. This has been the only national poll done on the U.S. Senate primary and is critically important to deciding who is the best candidate to take on Jeff Merkley in 2014. Here is a deeper look at the numbers and why they prove Jason Conger is the right choice.
Democratic senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon is polling ahead of his potential Republican opponents, but his position is weak heading into his reelection campaign, according to a new survey by a GOP polling firm. Harper Polling found Merkley is ahead of two possible Republican opponents but is still polling less than 50 percent against them. Forty-seven percent say they would vote for Merkley over GOP state representative Jason Conger, who polled 40 percent, while 12 percent say they are not sure. Meanwhile, Republican Monica Wehby, a Portland-area pediatric neurosurgeon, trails Merkley by 12 points, 46 percent to 34 percent, with 20 percent saying they are unsure. The poll was taken among likely voters in Oregon.
In the 2012 GOP platform, the language is clear on abortion:
“Faithful to the “self-evident” truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.”
Now, however, in a move that suggests the GOP is trying to distance itself from this controversial social issue in order to pick a winning candidate, the Beltway establishment is endorsing Monica Wehby, a pro-abortion candidate, over pro-life Jason Conger in Oregon.