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Unaffiliated, Not R’s Dominant Here

If you think that Republicans are the dominant partisan class in Kootenai County, think again. By almost 2-to-1, individuals who considered themselves to be unaffiliated with any of the four recognized parties in Idaho outnumber Republicans. SR colleague Scott Maben analyzed county voter records going into today's election this afternoon. He found out that the largest class of voters — about 61% — identify themselves as unaffiliated with any party. Registered Republicans make up less than one-third of all Kootenai County voters, according to voting records — 32%, with Democrats a distant third at 6 percent. Libertarians and Constitution Party voters together represent less than 1 percent of the county’s electorate. Unaffiliated seems to be the default setting for those who oppose the most conservative of Republicans. That’s how the Balance North Idaho-backed slate of Steve Widmyer, Kiki Miller, Amy Evans and Councilman Woody McEvers all are registered to vote. (Kootenai County Elections voter record, Oct. 24, 2013)

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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