Here's some statistics from our website that give the total average percentages of R and D votes cast in the last 4 general election cycles. It doesn't always come out to 100% because sometimes there were other candidates. But it does give some kind of outside boundaries for how many votes tend to be cast for the two major parties in Kootenai County. Again the number for R and D is the average of the votes cast by party in all races in those general elections where there were at least a Rep and a Dem running. Also out of all of those races I took the highest and lowest percentage for any of the races that year.
1998 Gen, R=59% D=40%, Hi R=72% Hi D=56%, Low R=44% Low D=28.
2000 Gen, R=61% D=38%, Hi R=52% Hi D=44%, Low R=52% Low D=31%.
2002 Gen, R=54% D=42%, Hi R=63% Hi D=53%, Low R=40% Low D=33%.
2004 Gen, R=61% D=38%, Hi R=71% Hi D=51%, Low R=49% Low D=29%.
For those 4 general elections the average Rep votes=59% and Dem votes=40%.
More DOTC: "So it looks like in general,any R candidate can expect to have at least a 10-20% head start on any D candidate in Kootenai County...no wonder I feel like a Maytag repairman sometimes ... but hey those Maytags are still around."
DFO: So, now you know why Dan of the County is a rare Democrat who has beat the odds. He must be good to do so. And he is. Thanks for your work here, Dan.