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Idaho’s state treasurer, the state’s chief fiscal officer, is responsible for investing, receiving and disbursing state funds. GOP Treasurer Ron Crane is seeking a fifth term; while unopposed four years ago, he’s facing a lively challenge this time from Democrat Deborah Silver, a CPA, who’s pointed to critical state audits of the office in recent years. Four-year term. Position pays $101,150 a year.

Idaho State Treasurer, State of Idaho

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Candidate Votes Pct
Ron Crane (R) 259,821 60.96%
Deborah Silver (D) 166,375 39.04%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.


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Idaho state treasurer’s transactions under scrutiny

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Silver calls on Crane to release Idaho investment review info

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Idaho state treasurer defends record, calls critical state audits ‘politically motivated’

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Audit: State treasurer’s ‘inappropriate’ transfers have cost taxpayers $10.2M, could rise to $27M

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