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Conservative Ranking


Idaho is the 3rd most conservative state, voting 35.7% more Republican in the 2004 presidential elections than the national average.

Partisan Trend


Based on voting patterns since 1992, Idaho is trending REPUBLICAN.

GOP Trend Ranking


Idaho ranks 11th among the 50 states.
 
Presidential Race

Race for the White House


GOP Candidates
  • John McCain - U. S. Senator from Arizona  
  • Mike Huckabee - Former Governor of Arkansas
  • Ron Paul - U. S. Congressman from Texas (CD-14)
  • Mitt Romney - Former Governor of Massachusetts
  • Rudy Giuliani - Former Mayor of New York City
  • Fred Thompson - Former U. S. Senator from Tennessee
  • Duncan Hunter - U. S. Congressman from California (CD-52)

    DEM Candidates

  • Barack Obama - U. S. Senator from Illinois  
  • Hillary Clinton - U. S. Senator from New York
  • Mike Gravel - Former U. S. Senator from Alaska
  • John Edwards - Former U. S. Senator from North Carolina
  • Bill Richardson - Governor of New Mexico
  • Dennis Kucinich - U. S. Congressman from Ohio (CD-10)

    Party nominee -

  •  

    Senate Race
    OPEN SEAT:  GOP incumbent Larry Craig is resigning during his second term and will not seek re-election in 2008.

    GOP Candidates

  • Jim Risch - Idaho Lieutenant Governor  
  • Fred Adams
  • Brian Hefner
  • Kent Marmon
  • Richard Phenneger
  • Rex Rammell
  • Scott Syme

    DEM Candidates

  • Larry LaRocco - Former United States Representative from Idaho  

    Party nominee -

  •  
    Governor's Race
    No race in 2008
     
    Competitive House Races
    District At-Large
    Incumbent:  GOP incumbent Bill Sali is running for a 2nd term in 2008.  He faced no primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • Bill Sali - Incumbent  

    DEM Candidates

  • Walt Minnick - 2006 Senate Nominee  

    Party nominee -

  •  
    Other House Races
    Projected winner listed first
  • District 2:  Mike Simpson (R)-inc vs. Deborah Holmes (D)
  •  
    Additional Information

    Election Timeline


  • February 5, 2008 - Democratic presidential primary
  • March 21, 2008 - Deadline to file for candidacy
  • May 27, 2008 - Republican presidential primary
  • May 27, 2008 - Primary elections
  • November 4, 2008 - Election day
  • Current Partisan Breakdown


     
    National Delegation
      Senators 2 GOP
      Representatives 2 GOP
    State Government
      Governor GOP
      Lt. Governor GOP
      State Senate - GOP control 28 GOP, 7 DEM
      State House - GOP control 51 GOP, 19 DEM

    Current Office Holders


  • Governor:  C.L. "Butch" Otter (R) - 1st term, up for re-election in 2010
  • Lt. Governor:  Jim Risch (R) - 2nd term, running for Senate in 2008
  • Senior Senator:  Larry Craig (R) - 2nd term, resigning in 2008
  • Junior Senator:  Michael Crapo (R) - 2nd term, up for re-election in 2010
  • House District 1:  Bill Sali (R) - 1st term
  • House District 2:  Michael Simpson (R) - 5th term

    Historical Partisan Snapshot


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      Race 2000 Result 2002 Result 2004 Result 2006 Result

    President Solid GOP -- Solid GOP --

    Senate
    Class 2 -- Solid GOP -- --
    Class 3 -- -- Solid GOP --

    Governor -- Strong GOP -- Mod GOP

    House 2 GOP 2 GOP 2 GOP 2 GOP
    CD-1 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Mod GOP
    CD-2 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP

    BOLD - party turnover
    Race ratings:
  • "Weak" - less than 5%
  • "Mod" - 5% to less than 10%
  • "Strong" - 10% to 15%
  • "Solid" - greater than 15%
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    Idaho Race Tracking
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    John McCain
    vs
    Barack Obama
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    Jim Risch
    vs
    Larry LaRocco
    Projected Winner
    Governor
    No race
    House District AL
    Bill Sali - inc
    vs
    Walt Minnick
    Projected Winner
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