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October 16, 2008

Gore Heads To Portland

Former Vice President Al Gore is hitting the trail for Oregon House Speaker Jeff Merkley next week, the Oregonian's Harry Esteve blogs today.

Gore will host a fundraiser for Merkley at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland next Friday, with tickets ranging from $50 for general admission seats to $5,000 for a special reception with the vice president, a photo and front-row seats.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner will help Merkley with much-needed last minute funds. Merkley raised $2.1 million in the third quarter, more than Republican Gordon Smith's $1.87 million. Smith outspent Merkley by about a 2.5-1 margin last quarter, and the Republican still has twice as much cash on hand, about $1.5 million to $750,000 for Merkley.