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Idaho Liberal Stronghold Eyes Election

Betty Murphy staffed the Democratic office in downtown Hailey last week. (IdahoImpact photo: Molly Messick)

There aren’t many places in deep red Idaho where you’re likely to hear the kind of proud introduction Gini Ballou offered up not long after we met. “I’m Gini Ballou,” she said.  “My mother stopped to vote for John F. Kennedy on her way to the hospital to have me.  And the greatest gift I ever got for my birthday was the ’08 election, when I was given President Obama on my birthday.” Ballou is a mother of four, a bartender, an entrepreneur, and – last but not least — chair of the Blaine County Democrats.  Last week, as the vice-presidential debate came to a close, she and the rest of the small group that had gathered for a watch party at county Democratic headquarters pulled their chairs into a circle.  They were fired up and ready for discussion/Molly Messick, StateImpact.

Question: Did you realize there was such a thing as a "liberal stronghold" in Idaho?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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