GOP Recruit Drops House Bid in Oregon
Springfield, Ore., Mayor Sid Leiken, one of the GOP’s first strong recruits for the 2010 cycle, is dropping a bid against Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.). The district, which includes Eugene and runs down the state’s coastline, has a mere D+2 Cook rating — it split 49-49 for Kerry and Bush in 2004, although Barack Obama carried it by 11 points in 2008.
The remaining GOP contender, Jaynee Germond, ran against DeFazio in 2008 as the Constitution Party’s candidate — and lost by 69 points. I’ve asked the NRCC if anyone else is on their radar, but for now this saves one of the Democratic seats that would have been seriously endangered in a GOP wave.