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Kasich, Sanders campaigns coming to Oregon


Presidential candidate John Kasich is heading to Portland and Medford on Thursday to host campaign events. Kasich is the first of the three remaining GOP contenders to visit Oregon ahead of the May 17 primary.

In order to try make sure Trump doesn’t meet the delegate count, Cruz and Kasich have teamed up, prioritizing different states- to have Cruz in Indiana and Kasich in New Mexico and Oregon.

The chairman of the Deschutes County Republican Party, Bob Perry, thinks that plan may backfire.

“They think they can (head) Trump off at the pass, so he doesn’t get enough votes for the first ballot. I think after last night, that may have been a fool’s errand,” Perry said Wednesday.

Kasich is running his campaign in Oregon hoping to get voters. But his statement is not in your Voters Pamphlet, due to an apparent campaign error.

“I don’t think you can ever take things for granted,” Perry said. “And I think that’s whats telling the voters. Or you just — your campaign is to badly organized you don’t dot the Is and cross your Ts. You know, that’s another thing it tells.”

The Kasich campaign failed to file his biography to the Secretary of State’s Office, which complies a voter pamphlet each year.

“It doesn’t speak well for anybody that doesn’t do that,” Perry said. “When they got that ballot in front of them, that’s an important time to connect. So we’ll see if it has an impact.”

Meanwhile, on the Democrats’ side, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is holding a rally in Springfield on Thursday, a couple of hours before Kasich will be in Portland.

Perry believes the closest Donald Trump will get to visiting Oregon is Vancouver. He also mentioned that the three-week closure of the Redmond Airport during the May election run-up could deter some candidates from coming directly into Central Oregon.

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