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Kootenai County voters mostly backed Republicans down the ballot today, continuing a long trend of support for conservative candidates.
Control of the U.S. Senate may be the chief concern of national political experts Tuesday, but Washington voters won’t play any part in that decision. Because of that, many may skip voting entirely. State voters will decide issues closer to home on guns and schools, which party controls the state Senate, who runs the counties or occupies the court benches. Spokane voters will also decide whether to spend more tax money on streets and parks.
Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa is predicting a 58 percent turnout in Tuesday’s general election – that’s 58 percent of registered voters, and is equal to roughly 39 to 40 percent of Idaho’s voting-age population. “It’s not something to write home about,” he said. “I am disturbed, troubled and concerned about the decline in voter participation.”
BOISE – In a polite but pointed debate, Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little and his Democratic challenger, Bert Marley, outlined sharply differing views of how Idaho is faring as it works to recover from a big economic downturn. “Idaho is a leader in the recovery from the recession,” said Little, a Republican. “Prudent and conservative leadership has placed Idaho on the right track,” he said in the only debate between the two. The meeting was broadcast statewide Thursday night on Idaho Public Television as part of the “Idaho Debates,” co-sponsored by the Idaho Press Club and the League of Women Voters of Idaho.
BOISE – Idaho’s final gubernatorial debate showcased the most heated exchanges yet in the race for the state’s top office. Republican Gov. Butch Otter, Democratic candidate A.J. Balukoff and Libertarian candidate John Bujak agreed on little, and often interrupted the moderator and debate panel to respond to zingers thrown out by their opponents, while discussing education, the economy and same-sex marriage.