Running as a Democratic write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate has proven both rewarding and challenging for Jerome engineer Scott McClure, who is running against the otherwise-unopposed GOP Sen. Mike Crapo. McClure said he’s been particularly struck by the difficulty a challenger faces in getting his or her message out.
“If you truly want a two-party system in Idaho, we’re going to have to address the almost overwhelming advantage in fundraising that the incumbent has,” McClure said during a recent stop in Boise. “This has been a really interesting process. I’ve met a lot of good people in the Democratic party, with good ideas. But the limitations on funding make it difficult to get that message out.”
Asked if he’d run again, and get started early enough to make the ballot next time, McClure said, “That is a possibility, now that I’ve tried it and perhaps understand what’s involved a little better. … It would be an interesting challenge.