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Mainstream Republicans seek to 'rescue' Idaho - from the GOP

Idaho Statehouse
Posted at 11:04 AM, Oct 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-07 13:04:27-04

BOISE, Idaho — Mainstream Idaho Republicans concerned about a takeover by the surging far-right wing of the party are asking Democrats, Independents or other affiliated voters to register as Republicans to vote in the party’s May primary.

Republicans closed their primary a decade ago, and the already deep-red state has been turning deeper red ever since. It could go further that way next year with the ultra far-right lieutenant governor challenging the more moderate governor.

Republican primaries draw fewer but more hard-right voters than general elections. The Republican primary typically decides most elected offices, and particularly statewide elected offices as Democrats usually only get about 40% of the vote.