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Is Spokane becoming a common stop for presidential candidates?

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On Friday we had a question from Facebook from someone who asked if we thought Spokane was becoming a more common stop for presidential candidates this political season. Spokane has seen stops from Bernie Sanders, Bill Clinton, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and now Donald Trump.

We put the question to the Spokesman Review's Political Correspondent Jim Camden. This was his response:

Spokane is a fairly common stop on the campaign trail for presidential candidates over the years. There may seem to be more this year, partly because of the sheer number of candidates, and the closeness of the races.

I had a blog post on it in March looking back at visits over the years.

Cruz, Paul and Rubio were here early, before the Idaho caucuses/primary. Paul's father campaigned here in previous elections and did well in Eastern Washington and North Idaho, so his campaign may have known that. Cruz saw a chance to pick up delegates in Idaho, a state that Trump wasn't working.

Sanders and Clinton also came before the caucuses, but that wasn't too unusual. Clinton and Michelle Obama were in Spokane on the same day, right before the 2008 caucuses.

What's a little surprising is Trump coming Saturday when there's nothing really at stake. He's the only one left in the race. But he's clearly trying to keep his people energized with trips to W. Va., Calif., and now Wash. If he gets huge margins, he can talk about that. If not, he can chalk it up to declining interest in the primaries because people know who has won.

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