GOP: Outside spending signaling a close race

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Unions and groups that support abortion rights have joined national Democratic officials in investing in Oregon's special election to replace former Rep. David Wu, and national Republicans have for the first time invested money in the GOP candidate.

Election day is less than two weeks away.

So far, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has spent almost $600,000 to keep Oregon's 1st Congressional District in Democratic hands. Committee officials say the spending amounts to an insurance policy.

Republicans counter that the spending is proof of a close race. They're also throwing in about $85,000 that Republican Rob Cornilles is using for a television ad attacking his Democratic opponent, Suzanne Bonamici.

The election is being closely watched because it will help signal the mood of voters going into a critical election year.