'Things have changed in the campaign': Trump supporters aim to turn blue Oregon red

    A poster at Donald Trump headquarters in Eugene (SBG photo)

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    EUGENE, Ore. - Donald Trump will hold a rally Friday in Eugene, the second candidate for a major political party's presidential nomination to visit the region ahead of Oregon's May 17 primary.

    Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Democratic challenger to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, visited Eugene and Springfield April 28.

    Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, was scheduled to campaign in Oregon on Thursday.

    The Democratic contest resembles the 2008 primary, when then-Senators Clinton and Barack Obama battled through the Beaver State en route to the nomination. Obama won Oregon and later the White House.

    The visit by Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee for president, is different, supporters say.

    "For one thing, you don't normally see a Republican candidate come to Oregon," said Mark Cosby. "The momentum with Trump, we knew it was coming."

    A Republican hasn't won Oregon in a general election since Ronald Reagan in 1984.

    The state hasn't elected a Republican in a statewide vote since Sen. Gordon Smith in 2002.

    The late Vic Atiyeh was the last Republican elected governor back in 1982.

    That record frustrates voters like Cosby.

    "The conservative vote doesn't turn out because you can't effect change," he said.

    Trump supporters see a shift in the political landscape at work.

    "Things have changed in the campaign as far as who's participating and who's not participating," said Jacob Daniels, Trump's campaign director in Oregon.

    Daniels expects a capacity crowd of 5,000 Friday night at the Lane Events Center. Doors open at 4; the rally begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online.

    "We'll probably have to turn people away, I imagine," Daniels said. "I guess my advice to people is to treat it as if they were going through airport security."

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