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Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Oregon Legislature. This is a venue for political and policy coverage of the state government in Salem and its impact on the people of Oregon.

Oregon, Washington Delegates Cast Votes For Trump

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File photo. Donald Trump offically won the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday at the party's national convention in Cleveland.

Delegates from Oregon and Washington officially cast their votes for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump Tuesday at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

During the traditional roll call of states, Oregon Republican Party Chair Bill Currier extolled his state's natural scenery, its sports teams and its wine and cheese. But he also worked in a reference to the state's most recent political scandal.

"Ground zero in the fight against Democrat corruption, from disgraced ex-governor John Kitzhaber all the way to crooked Hillary,” Currier said. “The great state of Oregon is proud to cast, pursuant to our rules, five votes for Senator Ted Cruz, 23 votes for the next President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.”

The next state to cast its votes would have been Pennsylvania, but that state yielded to New York so that Trump’s home state could be the one to push the candidate over the threshold needed to secure the nomination.

Later, Washington’s vote was read by the chair of state's Republican Party, Susan Hutchison.

Trump won the majority of delegates in both Oregon and Washington during the party's primaries earlier this year.