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ASP.Net MVC 2 setting a DropDownListFor item

hijiki7777 asked
Last Modified: 2013-11-08
I am new to MVC and I am starting at version 2. I am populating a View with a row of data that contains an Id field (Status). This Id field is bound to a list of Status strings displayed in a drop down list. In my controller I populate a SelectList collection in which the current Status is correctly selected (I checked this). However the View always selects the first item on the list regardless. So what is wrong with this?
<div class="editor-field">
            <%: Html.DropDownListFor(model => model.Status, ViewData["Status"] as IEnumerable<SelectListItem>)%>
            <%: Html.ValidationMessageFor(model => model.Status) %>

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