Trump Triumphs in Oregon: Sanders Beats Clinton

On the Republican side, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump easily defeated two rivals who already suspended their national campaigns. Trump’s former rivals, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, were still on Oregon ballots. Trump needs 76 delegates to become the Republican Presidential nominee.

Sanders visited Oregon three times in recent weeks, while Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, chose to send her husband Bill instead.

With 60 percent of the vote counted, Trump had a large margin with 66.6 percent of the ballots.

Sanders had an edge in blue Oregon, where his progressive ideas resonate with many.

Some progressive Oregonians found themselves torn between a candidate who stirs their passion and one who is more likely to win the nomination.

“I will support Hillary if she’s the nominee, but my heart is with Bernie,” said Richard Walden, who has lived in Portland for 30 years and was delivering his ballot to a drop box in Portland.

Mary Brewster, 62, and husband David Price, 65, took their ballots to a Portland drop box Monday night.

Both are registered Democrats, and both voted for Sanders. Brewster’s view: “I think we need huge change doesn’t mean I think he could pull it off, but I thought that it would be important to vote for the things I believed in, and then vote for Hillary in the general election.”

The contested presidential primaries energized Oregonians about their role in Tuesday’s races. About 160,000 Oregon voters added themselves to the Democratic and Republican rolls this year, most as Democrats.

Oregon will send 74 delegates to the Democratic National Convention, 13 of them superdelegates while the rest are pledged delegates. Oregon’s Republican party has 28 pledged delegates, and no superdelegates. Pledged delegates in both parties are allocated to the conventions proportionally to the primary voting results.

Because of Republican efforts to stop the Trump juggernaut, Oregon gained national attention for the unusual role it could’ve played in the presidential primary season.

As Trump notched one victory after the next, Cruz and Kasich hatched a plan to try stop him. They agreed that Cruz would not campaign in Oregon and New Mexico, and Kasich would stand aside for Cruz in Indiana.

The plan flopped almost immediately. For starters, Kasich’s campaign failed to get him included in the Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet which Oregonians use for information about candidates and races as they fill in their mail ballots.

Kasich made one visit to Oregon after the pact was made, and his trip generated little enthusiasm. The deal didn’t help Cruz in Indiana, where he was crushed by Trump.

2 thoughts on “Trump Triumphs in Oregon: Sanders Beats Clinton

  • May 18, 2016 at 2:55 pm
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    I believe we need our Trump for President! Paul Ryan need to get a grip if he believes in the American peoples.
    Hillary or Bernie would destroy America.
    You did real good in Oregon a great percentage!

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  • May 18, 2016 at 7:47 pm
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    Up here in Washington state I have already mailed in my ballot to vote for Trump the end of this month I am confident he will win this state. I said a few months ago that Hillary would have Bill actually running the country instead of her which has proven correct when she said she would turn over to him the task of fixing the economy. That’s because she has no clue as to how to do it, she never did. Without him she would never have gotten a job in the White House let alone running the country as president that’s why she has ignored all of the complaints about his associations with different women.
    She has been fully aware of what he was doing because he has had secret girlfriends all of their married life its just business as usual for her. But none of it will get in the way of her ambition, keep in mind both Hillary and Bill are in bed with the big corporations they will hang onto that as long as they can.

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