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Sanders, Clinton campaigner talk Oregon primary

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Tuesday, Oregonians will pick their presidential candidates to send to the general election — there won’t be any surprises for the Republican Party, but it’s still a showdown between Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.

A poll of Oregon voters conducted by DHM Research shows Clinton holds a big lead in the closed-primary Beaver state. 

“It’s a long-shot, but we can do it,” Sanders said in a phone interview with Fox 12 Sunday. 

Neither Clinton or Sanders scheduled any last minute rallies in Oregon, but Wisconsin Congresswoman Gwen Moore fired a small crowd Sunday afternoon at Clinton’s Portland headquarters. Moore told the group that Sander’s go-to speech about income inequality isn’t the only problem the nation faces. 

“I think women have a special challenge. I think immigrants have a special challenge. I think religious bigotry is a special problem -- black male incarceration — and shootings and killings in our communities, and (Hillary) is someone who has had the experience, and she can multitask, and I’m so proud that she is a woman, who is the most qualified,” Moore said. 

Both Clinton and Sanders campaigned in Kentucky Sunday, which is also holding its primary Tuesday. Sanders took a break to call Fox 12 to talk about his chances in Oregon.

“We think we have a chance to win a very good victory if — and here is the big if -- if the voter turnout is high, and people bring in their ballots,” Sanders said. "If there is a low turnout, we could lose.” 

Sanders said settling for Clinton isn’t good enough, and that’s why he’s pledging to take his campaign all the way to the National Convention.

“(We will) fight for the strongest progressive agenda we can — making public colleges and universities tuition-free, demanding that the wealthiest people in this country start paying their fair share of taxes, dealing with climate change in an aggressive way,” Sanders said.

Both candidates say they’re the best one to take on Donald Trump, but Congresswoman Moore said Clinton has experience giving her an undeniable edge.

“She has been tried and tested, and that’s what makes me trust her,” Moore said of Clinton. “Obviously, I think she is not only the most qualified, but I think also, she’s the most committed.”

If you haven’t voted yet, it’s too late to mail your ballot. Drop it off at an official drop box by 8 p.m. Tuesday. 

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