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BEND, OR -- The number of Republican presidential candidates has dwindled, but the party remains divided on who should be the nominee.

 

Former Democratic Oregon state lawmaker Judy Stiegler the fissures within the GOP are eye opening. "The Republican party needs to take sort of a look-see at themselves, just as the Democratic party did in the late 60s and early 70s, and had to sort of get pretty introspective and say 'ok, what's going on here.'" In 1968, a violent Democratic National Convention in Chicago divided the party and, in part, led to the victory of Republican Richard Nixon that November. 

 

Stiegler tells KBND News the Republican race has taken a new tone, "It's been hard this time. It's been hard to overcome the drum banging and the shouting that Trump has provided. And, it's been very difficult for some of these other candidates to put their mark on the election process."

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