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Idaho GOP Still Pushes Closed Primaries

The Idaho Republican Party Central Committee on Saturday voted to press on with plans to close its primary. Rod Beck, an advocate of the closed primary, told The Associated Press that the Central Committee voted overwhelmingly to reject a recommendation passed at the June GOP state convention in Sandpoint that favored maintaining the 37-year-old open primary. There's a federal court date in a Republican lawsuit against the state on Feb. 18 in U.S. District Court in Boise seeking to close the primary. Beck and others want to close the primary because they think Democrats and independents are switching sides and skewing elections in favor of candidates who don't support Republican ideals/AP.

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