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Trump Cancels Portland Fundraising Trip Citing Scheduling Conflict

<p>Donald Trump canceled a planned fundraiser and rally in Portland due to a scheduling conflict, according to his Oregon campaign director.</p>

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Donald Trump canceled a planned fundraiser and rally in Portland due to a scheduling conflict, according to his Oregon campaign director.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has canceled his Aug. 31 rally and fundraiser in Portland.

Trump’s Oregon campaign director, Jacob G. Daniels, said scheduling changes surrounding Trump’s trip to tour flooding in Louisiana forced the cancellation.

"The campaign has decided to cancel the Aug. 31 fundraiser and rally in Portland as Mr. Trump has had to make changes to his calendar in the wake of the Louisiana flood disaster. We look forward to having Mr. Trump and Gov. Pence in Oregon at a later date,” Daniels said.

Skepticism surrounded Trump’s initial announcement that he would raise funds in Oregon and Washington in late August. The two states haven’t voted for a Republican presidential nominee since President Ronald Reagan in 1984.

Washington Republican State Sen. Don Benton said Trump's Portland cancellation will not affect a previously scheduled Seattle fundraiser.

Benton indicated fundraising in Portland for Trump has been going well and organizers were close to "locking down" a Vancouver venue for a rally, prior to the cancellation.

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Jeff Mapes is a senior political reporter at Oregon Public Broadcasting. Previously, Jeff covered state and national politics for The Oregonian for nearly 32 years. He has covered numerous presidential, congressional, gubernatorial and ballot measure campaigns, as well as many sessions of the Legislature, stretching back to 1985. Jeff graduated from San Jose State University with a B.A. in journalism.