PORTLAND (AP) — Portland physician Monica Wehby won Oregon’s Republican primary for U.S. Senate on Tuesday despite embarrassing revelations late in the race that an ex-husband and former boyfriend had called police on her.
Wehby defeated four opponents. The toughest challenge came from state Rep. Jason Conger of Bend, who was the early front-runner but struggled to raise money and attention after Wehby jumped into the race last year.
With 52 percent of the anticipated votes counted, Wehby led Conger 55 percent to 32 percent.
Wehby, 51, was embarrassed late in the race when police reports came to light showing two former companions both called police as their relationships were deteriorating, accusing Wehby of harassing them. The boyfriend, timber-company executive Andrew Miller, later helped fund a super PAC attacking Conger. He said his accusations to police were exaggerated and he regretted them. Wehby said “there really isn’t much to it of consequence,” blaming their revelation on “the cost of challenging the political status quo.”
No charges were filed in either incident.