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The elusive Idaho Democrat

Another suggested post from a berry-picker...

The Kootenai County Democrat is becoming an increasingly rare sight on the campaign trail.

Two District 3 legislative candidates dropped out of their respective races in July and no replacements were found in time.

It means Sen. Mike Jorgenson, R-Hayden Lake, and Rep. Jim Clark, R-Hayden, are virtual locks to win re-election this fall because they'll be running unopposed on the November ballot.

Democratic candidates drop out of races - Marc Stewart / CdA Press.

I know this has been debated before, but I'll pose the question again - does the lack of opposition hurt the democratic process? Or is this just as much a reflection of the will of the voters as the election itself?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.