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Political Chat: Merkley Endorses Sanders, Kasich Makes Oregon Move


Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks during a presidential campaign event at the Mohawk Valley Community College on Friday, April 15, 2016, in Utica, New York.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks during a presidential campaign event at the Mohawk Valley Community College on Friday, April 15, 2016, in Utica, New York.

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Some of the biggest political news of the week came out of Oregon when Democrat Jeff Merkley became the first U.S. Senator to endorse Bernie Sanders for president.

Merkley announced his endorsement in an op-ed in The New York Times.

On the Republican side, John Kasich’s campaign has been busy in Oregon. He’s lined up support from a number of prominent Republicans, including former candidate for governor Ron Saxton, and several prominent state senators and representatives.

And as Kasich stakes his ground in Oregon, many have begun to question what a contested convention would look like for the Republican party.

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