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Both Republicans and Democrats see the benefit of Sanders endorsing Clinton

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. listens as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally in Portsmouth, N.H., Tuesday, July 12, 2016, where Sanders endorsed Clinton for president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

EUGENE, Ore. - During Oregon's May primary, voters showed strong support for candidates on both sides of the political aisle. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump drew large crowds to their rallies in Springfield and Eugene.

The Democratic Party of Lane County says they're proud of the grassroots effort shown by Bernie supporters. They say this move by his campaign is key to unifying the Democratic party to defeat the GOP.

According to the chair of the local group, recent polls show that 85 percent of Sanders supporters will vote for Clinton in the general election.

"I think that the stakes are too high to sit out this November or to throw away a vote on a candidate who is not going to win the election," said Chris Wig, chair of the Democratic Party of Lane County.

Meanwhile, the vice chairman of the Lane County Republican party says many Sanders supporters will find it difficult to vote for Clinton. He thinks it's possible some voters might switch sides.

"I think it will potentially give some momentum because Bernie Sanders in fact has some agreements and similar philosophies to Donald Trump in the financial range and his economics and finances," said Wayne Lemler, vice chairman of the Lane County Republican Party.

Lemler says he's looking forward to the Republican National Convention to see who Donald Trump will pick as his running mate.

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