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Fundraising Slows For Conger's US Senate Race

AP | April 29, 2014 8:20 a.m. | Updated: April 29, 2014 2:26 p.m.

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Oregon state Rep. Jason Conger has seen a big drop in fundraising for his U.S. Senate race.

Oregon State Representative Jason Conger (R-Bend). He is vying for the chance to face off against incumbent U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) in November.

Oregon State Representative Jason Conger (R-Bend). He is vying for the chance to face off against incumbent U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) in November.

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Federal Election Commission records show Conger raised $64,000 during the first quarter of the year, down from $280,000 in the previous three months. The Bend Republican was significantly outpaced by GOP rival Monica Wehby, a Portland neurosurgeon who reported raising $590,000 during the quarter.

At the end of March, Wehby had $742,000 in the bank, compared with $89,000 for Conger. Some of that cash for both candidates is restricted to the general election.

Ballots will be mailed this week and are due by May 20.

The Republican nominee will face Democrat Jeff Merkley, who is seeking a second term. He raised $1 million during the quarter and had $3.6 million in the bank.

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