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Poll: Idaho congressmen vulnerable

More and more across the nation voters are angry with their members of Congress – sick of little getting done in what seems to be hyper-partisanship leading to political gridlock. A new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds Idahoans are no different – as the three congressional incumbents facing re-election next year have clear challenges with their constituencies. In what is called a “naked re-elect” question – where voters are asked if their congressman or U.S. senator should be re-elected or is it time to give someone new a chance to serve – pollster Dan Jones & Associates finds that neither Sen. Mike Crapo nor Reps. Raul Labrador and Mike Simpson get over 50 percent support among all their voters. This is not to say the men would lose their 2016 races. But it does show clear vulnerability if challenged by well-funded, anti-Washington candidates from either political party/Idaho Politics Weekly. More here.

Question: The Tea Party is gaga for Congressman Raul Labrador. Do you think the rest of the 1st District is?

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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