Oregon could influence presidential campaign

STATESMAN JOURNAL: Oregon primaries could make a difference in the presidential campaign, especially for the Republican side.

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The GOP’s tiny number of delegates could play a big role in the razor-thin race for delegates between Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. And unlike Oregon Democrats who largely favor Bernie Sanders, Republicans appear more divided about which candidate they prefer.

“We’ve been pumping our chest — Oregon’s relevant now,” said Bill Currier, chairman of the Oregon Republican Party, adding he’s been seeing explosive interest from people wanting to apply to be delegates.

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