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Wyden Reserved On Democrats Senate Prospects

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One of Oregon’s U.S. Senators says he’s not speculating now on whether the Democrats will take the Senate in November.

A number of political forecasts have suggested dissatisfaction with the GOP and President Donald Trump could cost Republicans any number of states, enough to tilt them blue this fall.

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U.S. Senator Ron Wyden in KLCC studios, October 2019.

Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden recently said that a lot can still happen between now and Election Day.

“The best politics is doing your job. I’ve outlined specific ideas, whether it’s this issue of supercharged unemployment benefits, my 21st century conservation corps, expanding vote-by-mail, improving mental health," Wyden told KLCC. 

"Those are the kinds of issues I think when people vote in the fall they say, ‘Those are the positions we like,’ and it’s reflected in their votes.”

President Trump has asserted that his policies have made America strong on issues like the economy and immigration control. But polls show declining support after his handling of Black Lives Matter and the coronavirus.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.