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Trib: Idaho on outside looking in

In his editorial today, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune comments that Idaho is on the outside looking in re: national politics:

When it comes to this week's Republican National Convention at Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention next week at Philadelphia, Idaho will be on the outside looking in.

As Corey Cook, dean of Boise State University's School of Public Service observed in the Idaho Statesman, only a handful of states can claim to have rejected both Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.

During their March 8 primary, Idaho Republicans seemed to be voting against Trump - especially in Mormon-dominated eastern Idaho. If the thrice-married Trump's lifestyle didn't alienate LDS voters, then his characterization of their faith as "alien" certainly did.

The result was a blow-out - 100,889 votes for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, 62,413 for Trump.

Two weeks later at their caucuses, an overflow crowd packed the Democratic caucuses to vote for Sanders - who got 78 percent of the support from just about every corner of the state. More here.

Question: So what exactly did Idaho get for its $2M early Republican/Constitutionalists primaries?

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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