When Oregon’s delegation trekked to Cleveland for the Republican National Convention this week, they did so knowing exactly how the delegates from the 415,700 Republicans who cast primary ballots months ago were originally allocated: 18 votes for Donald Trump, five for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and five for Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
State law requires, or “binds,” delegates to their prescribed candidates for the first two voting rounds in most cases. But during Tuesday’s roll call Oregon Republican Party Chair Bill Currier approached the microphone with a different tally for the record: 23 votes for Trump and five for Cruz.
Bruce Starr, a former state lawmaker who also worked on Kasich’s local leadership team, said he and the other Kasich delegates huddled on the convention floor and agreed to instead support Trump “in order to create at least an impression of order and party unity.”