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Joe Biden enjoys an ice cream cone after a campaign rally for Oregon U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. Biden was in Portland campaigning for Merkley who is being challenged by Republican Monica Wehby.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)

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Sen. Jeff Merkley, Oregon Democrat, called the "nuclear option" a victory for democracy four years ago. Now, with his party in the minority, he is fighting to save the Senate power of the filibuster. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. speaks to supporters at the Democratic election night party in Portland Ore., Tuesday, Nov., 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

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Sen. Jeff Merkley, Oregon Democrat, will find out who his Republican challenger will be after Tuesday. The primary race was shaken up by revelations that one of the candidates, Monica Wehby, was accused of stalking her former boyfriend last year. (Associated Press)

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus wasted no time in bidding Oregon's failed health care portal, Cover Oregon, goodbye and assigning blame for glitch-laden site to Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber and Sen. Jeff Merkley, also a Democrat. (Associated Press)

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, flanked by Sen. Jeff Merkley (right) and Sen. Tom Udall, hails a Democratic victory after averting a political meltdown, clearing the way for confirmation of presidential nominees. (Associated Press)