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Idaho’s upcoming GOP primary by the numbers

Idaho Republican voters will get a voice in the race for president this week at a crucial juncture in this year’s nominating contest.

Here’s a look at Tuesday’s Republican presidential primary in Idaho by the numbers:


Number of parties participating – just the Republican and Constitution parties. The Idaho Democratic Party will make its presidential nominating decisions at county caucuses on March 22, where participants must sign a pledge saying they’re members of the Democratic Party.


Number of candidates on the Constitution Party presidential ballot in Idaho: Scott Copeland and Patrick Ockander of Texas, and J.R. Myers of Alaska.


Time that polls open and close – they’re open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Number of candidates on the Republican Party ballot, even though some have dropped out of the race since they filed for the Idaho ballot. The choices, in alphabetical order: Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, Peter Messina, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, and Donald Trump. The ones still actively campaigning are Cruz, Kasich, Rubio and Trump.


Number of GOP delegates at stake in the Idaho primary. But candidates won’t get any delegates unless they round up at least 20 percent of the vote. And if any candidate gets more than 50 percent, it’ll turn into a winner-takes-all - that candidate gets all 32 delegates.


Number of Idaho voters registered as members of the Constitution Party of Idaho.


Number of Idaho voters registered as members of the Idaho Republican Party.


Number of Idaho voters registered as unaffiliated with any party.


Number of Idaho voters potentially eligible to vote in the primary on Tuesday – but only if they choose to register at the polls as a member of the Republican or Constitution parties. That figure includes all Idaho registered voters, including the 70,549 registered as Democrats and the 4,661 registered members of the Libertarian Party. If they register as Republicans or Constitution Party members at the polls, that becomes their new party registration and will become a matter of public record. The overall number could actually be higher, because Idaho’s same-day registration law allows any citizen – even ones who have never registered to vote – to register at the polls and vote on the spot. Voters who don’t choose to affiliate with the GOP or Constitution Party could still cast ballots on nonpartisan school levies in some districts, including Lakeland and Kellogg.

25.3 percent

Percentage of Idaho’s registered voters who voted in the state’s last presidential primary, which was in 2008. In 2012, Idaho had no presidential primary, as both the Republican and Democratic parties used caucuses to make their presidential nominee selections.

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