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Presidential campaign feud makes its way to Marin County Fair

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It's the place where we might assume that all Americans could get along - the Marin County Fair. Though if we made such an assumption, we would be wrong. (KGO-TV)

The ferris wheel is running and cotton candy is spinning in San Rafael for the Marin County Fair, it's now in full swing. There'll be performances by Kool and the Gang, Sheila E, and Foreigner. And there will be a fireworks show Monday.

The presidential campaign has also found its way to the fair. And as Independence Day approaches, there appears to be a division among the Republican representatives.

It's the place where we might assume that all Americans could get along - the Marin County Fair. Though if we made such an assumption, we would be wrong.

"I walked right past them, averted our eyes, oh God yes. I wouldn't give them the time of day," said Democrat Paulette Engler

She was in the Democratic booth, talking about the Republican one. And over there, no love lost, right back at ya.

When asked if she's seen the Democratic booth? Donna Pheiff said, "No, not interested."

It's America in a microcosm. Now add a third wrinkle - Donald Trump.

"He is a formidable person," said Trump Marin County Chairperson Karen Molden. "He is a large formidable person."

In this heavily Democratic count y, one might think the Republicans would stick together, but instead we found two booths, back-to-back.

Pheiff ran the Cruz campaign locally. Karen Molden is running Trump's.

"Well, it just parallels what is going on in the real world," said Engler. "You know, obviously, that the Republicans are embarrassed by him."

"Well, we haven't got a nominee yet so we are representing all candidates," Pheiff said.

As the Trump side tells it, the party would not pay for a larger booth, and they had too much stuff for a smaller one. Molden put up more than $1,000 of her own money for this area.

"It was their choice. They made their choice. I made mine," she said.

Pheiff said, "I have no idea how this came about." When asked if it was a little awkward, she added, "Not for me."

The rest of us can wait until November.

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