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More Idaho Guvs Come From Iowa

Here we have Idaho — ranked No. 50. According to an exhaustive study at the University of Minnesota’s Smart Politics blog, Idaho has had 30 governors in its 120-year history. Only four are Idaho natives, a 13.3 percent rate. No state has a lower percentage of home-grown governors, although five other Western states came in under the 25 percent rate. Only one of Idaho’s first 24 governors was a native: Charles Ross, who served from 1931 to 1937. Here’s a kicker (and further evidence of that bizarre, fabled Idaho-Iowa nexus. While four Idaho governors are Idaho-born, five were born in Iowa) — Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Are you surprised so few Idaho governors were born in Idaho?