Many politicos love to scoff at the “Great State of Ada,” a left-leaning hotbed that just doesn’t see the world as the rest of Idaho does. It’s a durable zinger, but a misleading one. Once again, on Tuesday, the residents of the two “Great States of Ada” dutifully cast their votes. In the aggregate, Ada County again skewed to the left of the rest of Idaho. Some evidence from the 2012 election:
- Mitt Romney received 53.5 percent of the presidential vote in Ada County, compared to 64.5 percent statewide.
- Propositions 1, 2 and 3, the rejected K-12 overhaul pushed by state schools superintendent Tom Luna and Gov. Butch Otter, fared slightly worse in Ada, with the no vote running at least 2.2 percent higher on all three laws.
Question: Kevin Richert goes on to explain that Boise is different from rest of Ada County. Do you consider the Great State of Ada an entity onto itself?