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Oregon Republican Backs Obama

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First Gordon Smith runs ads making it seem like him and Obama are two sides of a bi-partisan coin, and now another Oregon conservative is jumping ship.

From The Scorecard:

[Joel] Haugen, a businessman and Army veteran, is running an uphill campaign in a district Wu has held onto against good Republican challengers. So instead of embracing fellow Republicans in a state that’s moving increasingly left, Haugen is falling in line with Obama, and he’s is listed on State House Speaker Jeff Merkley’s website as a backer; Merkley is the Democratic nominee against Senator Gordon Smith.

The endorsements aren’t something Haugen is hiding. “We certainly understand why people are so surprised to see” Haugen backing Obama, the campaign writes on its website, citing the Democrat’s positions on foreign policy and the economy over John McCain’s.

I wonder who many Dems want to support McCain but can’t come out and say so? Can you think of any who might fit that bill?