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    From 1932 through 1948 Idaho was Democratic nationally. It supported FDR and Truman. Starting in 1952, however, it began voting Republican--and has never really turned back. The only exception was LBJ's narrow win there in 1964.

    Even though Idaho voted Republican presidentially, in lower level races, the Democrats were semicompetetive through 1994. Frank Chuch (D) served as its Senator from 1956 through 1980. Steve Syms (R), who served two terms, had competetive races in 1980 and in 1986. Phil Evans (D) and Cecil Andrus (D) were both elected Governor during the 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s. Richard Stallings (D) represented the 2nd district from 1984 through 2002. Larry Larocco (D) represented the 1st district from 1990 through 1994. Democrats were able to win other statewide races until 1994.

    For some reason, however, Idaho has turned sharply right since 1994. After Utah it is probably now one of the most Republican states in the nation. I attribute it to two factors. I think that the Clinton's administrations policies on the environment and gun control really angered people in Idaho. Secondly the state probably absorbed a lot of the "white flight" leaving places like Orange and San Diego counties in California. This, in turn, made this state very far right.

    I think Grant might have a chance, but I still think Sali is a narrow favorite. For DC related travel advice, please visit that link.

    by jiacinto on Fri Sep 08, 2006 at 09:34:42 PM PDT

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