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Benton: No Vancouver stop for Trump

Republican candidate for president will be in Washington after Eugene stop

By , Columbian Political Writer

Donald Trump won’t be visiting Vancouver on Saturday, according to state Sen. Don Benton, his state campaign chairman.

Trump is still expected to visit Washington, Benton, R-Vancouver, told The Oregonian. When contacted by The Columbian, Benton declined to be interviewed.

The Trump campaign had a hard time finding a venue to host the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, The Columbian reported previously.

Officials tried booking the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, the Washington School for the Deaf and the Doc Harris Stadium in Camas, but scheduled graduations and soccer games made it difficult.

According to the Associated Press, Trump’s Washington state campaign team said he will visit the state Saturday for two public rallies before the state’s primary election May 24.

The Seattle Times reported Trump will hold rallies in Spokane and Lynden, a small town about 100 miles north of Seattle near the Canadian border.

The rally in Spokane is at noon with the location to be determined.

Sen. Doug Ericksen of Ferndale, who is part of Trump’s state campaign team, told the Times Trump will hold an afternoon event at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden.

Trump had told Benton in an April 21 telephone call he hoped to visit Saturday, but Ted Cruz and John Kasich have dropped out of the race since that call.

Cruz withdrew his bid for the Republican presidential nomination only hours after announcing he planned to make a campaign stop in Vancouver. He suffered a blistering defeat to Donald Trump in the Indiana primary Tuesday.

The Washington state Republican convention is May 18 to 21 in Pasco. The Washington state GOP said it is still working to confirm Trump will attend the convention.

Clark County did get some visits from high-profile presidential campaigns this year. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders drew an estimated 7,000 people to a rally at Hudson’s Bay High School, and former President Bill Clinton attracted 1,100 to a speech at Clark College in support of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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