Washington Republican voters should take a stand against Trump in presidential primary.

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WASHINGTON Republicans still can make a statement in the May 24 presidential primary. Donald Trump will come into it short of the 1,237 delegates he will likely win to secure the party nomination.

But giving him Washington’s 44 delegates would be antithetical to the state’s interests.

Trump’s lack of understanding of foreign policy, his divisive campaign rhetoric and behavior, and his reluctance or inability to discuss policies behind his outrageous fantasies disqualify him as presidential material.

Republican voters should follow the lead of Chris Vance, a Republican running for U.S. Senate, who says he will vote for Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the primary. Kasich dropped out of the presidential race this week, but his name will still be on the ballots arriving in the mail soon.

This year, the Washington GOP delegation should be out of step with a convention that nominates Trump for president.”

If Washington goes for Kasich, it would give Vance and other Republican candidates perhaps some down ballot separation from Trump. The presumptive nominee’s poor approval numbers with women and minorities should scare GOP candidates here. His protectionist view of trade won’t help candidates in this state, where one in every three jobs is tied to trade, according to the state Department of Commerce.

This year, the Washington GOP delegation should be out of step with a convention that nominates Trump for president.

The Democrats also have a presidential primary, and they should vote in it even though the outcome will have no bearing on how the state’s Democratic delegates are allocated. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders scored an overwhelming victory in the March 26 caucuses, which the party is supposed to use to select its delegates to the national convention.

A strong Democratic turnout would give the party and the public a chance to gauge whether the caucus results reflect a wider poll of voters. If not — if Hillary Clinton wins the primary — the Democrats should make the decision reached by the Republicans in 2000 to use the primary to help in selecting their presidential candidate.