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Smith’s backers

The point hasn’t much come up, hasn’t really been in dispute, but it ought to be noted as another factor in the upcoming Oregon Senate race: Republican incumbent Gordon Smith does have his party’s organization and leadership solidly behind him. We continue to suspect that a primary challenge may be in the offing, but if it does it will not develop with significant support from within the party structure or Republican elected officials.

We can be pretty of that because of the corps of backers the Smith campaign listed today: In his “2008 campaign leadership team,” Smith lists most of the Oregon Republican upper crust, reaching back to former Senator Mark Hatfield, and including such people as legislative leaders and party leadership. The core appears solidly in his camp – a point to bear in mind as the race develops.

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