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Political Chat: Idaho's Republican Primary, Oregon's Minimum Wage Boost Backers


Supporters cheer the announcement Idaho being called for Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, at the Idaho GOP Election Night Party at the Riverside Hotel in Boise, Idaho, Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Supporters cheer the announcement Idaho being called for Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, at the Idaho GOP Election Night Party at the Riverside Hotel in Boise, Idaho, Tuesday, March 8, 2016

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The first presidential nominating contest in the Northwest was this week. Ted Cruz won the Republican presidential primary in Idaho.

State treasurer Ron Crane said Cruz’s values align with Idaho’s GOP electorate.

Crane said, “He connected with Idahoans. I think his visit to Idaho this last weekend was strategic. His timing was perfect.”

Timing was everything when it came to filing to run in Oregon’s election. The deadline came and went this week.

And backers of a minimum wage boost in Oregon backed down.

It’s our Friday morning roundup of the week in politics with Bill and Jeff. Bill Lunch is OPB’s Political Analyst. He’s at the Academic Technologies Studio on the OSU Campus in Corvallis. Jeff Mapes is OPB’s Senior Political Reporter.

Listen to their full conversation by clicking play in the audio player at the top of the article.

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