Pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby overcame four challengers in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate in Oregon, The Associated Press
With 79 percent of the ballots counted, Wehby captured 51 percent of the vote besting Jason Conger, a social conservative member of the Oregon House of Representatives, who garnered 37 percent. The other candidates, Mark Callahan, Jo Rae Perkins, and Timothy Crawley were well behind in the single digits. Voters in Oregon receive ballots in the mail and can either cast them in person or by return post.
The 51 year-old divorced mother and physician is considered an articulate opponent of the Affordable Care Act.
Democrats sought to exploit Wehby's relationship with lumber millionaire Andrew Miller.
The state Democratic Party alleged that a Miller-funded super PAC had illegally coordinated with the candidate. Opponents also discovered that Miller once called the police to complain about Wehby during a spat. He now says he is sorry he did, The Huffington Post
Opponents are also likely to raise reports from 2007 that Wehby's ex-husband, Jim Grant, accused her of ongoing harassment around the time of their divorce, according to The Oregonian.
She will face Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley in November.
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