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Ore. divide parallels that of Democrats

Rural, blue-collar east, urban west of state to offer a primary lesson

Despite long odds and very little time, Sara Gelser, an Oregon state legislator, is working hard to help Hillary Clinton win the Oregon primary tomorrow. Despite long odds and very little time, Sara Gelser, an Oregon state legislator, is working hard to help Hillary Clinton win the Oregon primary tomorrow. (Basil Childers for the boston globe)
By Joseph P. Williams
Globe Staff / May 19, 2008

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SALEM, Ore. - Sara Gelser, a 34-year-old state lawmaker, has the profile of a model Barack Obama backer: a young, self-described "progressive" Democrat who represents a district encompassing the city of Corvallis, a college town, and its working-class enclaves. Her description of how she unifies her disparate constituency - and how to reconcile her state's rural eastern and high-tech western ... (Full article: 1134 words)

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