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Seattle Politicore - a team of student journalists from the University of Washington - made the trek to the Idaho Democratic Caucus held in Kootenai County last night, as did a record 1205 pumped voters, despite the snowstorm.  Barack Obama was the victor of the night, claiming 27 delegates in the Coeur d'Alene contest, compared to Hillary Clinton's 7 delegates.  John Edwards's resilient failed to reach the 15% voting level to continue to the state caucus, as did the undecided.  

Considering the success in Kootenai County and the 100% of delegates he won in the larger Ada County caucus, the traditionally red state of Idaho has proven to be one of the largest support areas for Obama's campaign.  He was the only candidate to visit the state, rallying 150,000 voters in Boise last weekend.

"They said there were no Democrats in Idaho," Obama said at the rally.  "I didn't believe them."

He was right not to believe them.  

"I feel like I can share without getting blasted by Republicans," said Clinton supporter Tracy Stephenson, dressed with Clinton buttons and t-shirt.  Throughout the night, each group referenced an extreme dissatisfaction not only with the current administration, but with Congress as well.

Between boisterous cheers of "O-BAM-A" and less dense but equally passionate "HILL-AR-Y"s, here are some of the highlights from Tuesday night:

"I have been waiting for a candidate like this since 1969," said Obama supporter Daniel Megow, "since Bobby Kennedy.  And if Obama gets the nomination, I will be a democrat for life, if not, then I am going to back to being an independent."

While the majority of the crowd chanted for Obama's promise of change, About a fourth of the crowd were supporters of Clinton, highlighting her experience in Washington and attention to reworking healthcare.

"We are making history today," said Stephenson.  "We don't just need experience, but we need universal healthcare.  We needed it a long time ago.  But you can't be smart if you don't have the experience."

Edwards campaign still lived in Idaho last night, but it did not thrive.  Kristy Johnson, Sub-Caucus Chair for the Senator's now-finished campaign, praised Edwards for showing how "to be patriotic about something other than war."

"He spoke for one America," she said, referencing Edwards work towards aiding the 37 million Americans still below the poverty line.

Sadly, Edwards campaign (as well as the campaign for the undecideds) each did not receive 15% of the vote and therefore will not take any delegates to the state level.

Long lines outside around 7 p.m., despite blizzard conditions -

The Coeur d'Alene scene as Justin StormoGipson speaks for Barack Obama -

Originally posted to Third Echelon on Wed Feb 06, 2008 at 05:23 PM PST.

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  •  New Clinton ad (0+ / 0-)

    snark

    Kennedy/Kerry '08

    by Salo on Wed Feb 06, 2008 at 05:27:35 PM PST

  •  Thanks for the report! (5+ / 0-)

    I wish I could have gone with you guys, but I had already committed to coming to Colorado. Great job blogging this.

    •  I should add an explanation (4+ / 0-)

      I spoke to the group during their first or second class session. Their instructor is David Domke, who's been writing over at pastordan's place when he has time.

      Because David Domke is a visionary, and because UW doesn't have a completely old school, traditional approach to journalism, they're actually teaching blogging.

      This is precisely what we need, and what the traditional media needs--an infusion of new blood that isn't afraid of blogs, understands them, and appreciates everything they can provide.

      Anyway, they invited me along on this trip, but I had to decline. But, Eschelon and the rest of you, I will be back before the end of the term.

      You rock!

  •  I don't care what this diary says (3+ / 0-)

    I'd rec any diary with such an evocative, poetic title!

  •  I was in Nampa last night (0+ / 0-)

    The room filled up quickly. There was still a huge line outside. They asked the young people to leave as there just wasn't enough room. Then they asked those that where firm in their decision to leave. I thought about it but wanted to see the process play out. Fortunately, there was enough room by now. I must admit that I like the caucus format. I think that it helps build the party unity. Lots of good energy and a really good time.

  •  Idaho is one of the reddest (1+ / 0-)
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    states in the US.  They have open primaries and only about 18,000 people voted in the primary, the Republicans is later this year. (See CNN election central.  The 2006 population is listed as somewhere around 1,565,000.    

    I appreciate your enthusiasm for the process though.

    There is no way to peace. Peace is the way. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by otis704 on Wed Feb 06, 2008 at 06:19:32 PM PST

    •  It was a caucus (2+ / 0-)
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      with over 21,000 participating. For the first time anyone can remember, they had caucuses in all 44 of the state's counties. In 2004, 4,920 Democrats caucused.

    •  But things can change (1+ / 0-)
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      Yep, we're pretty dark red.  Second to last to dip below 50% approval for McChimpy, I believe.  But we have a good candidate running for Craig's spot, and have a good chance to take Bill "Back Alley" Sali's seat as well.  This is the first year in a long time that all 44 counties even HAD caucuses, and there was overflow in many of them.

      So yeah, we're red, and there are a lot of idiots here (myself included, but I vote the right way), but progress is being made at the local level, and this is some good noise at the national level.  We'll keep dumping blue dye into the red, drop by drop.

  •  Boise last night (1+ / 0-)
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    I was at the Ada County caucus last night - the largest caucus in these United States.  It was incredible - I spent 1:15 in line in freezing weather, and was one of the last to get in before they shut the door at 7 - several thousand didn't get in, but they did collect their ballots.  The mood was fantastic - there was a great emphasis on being proud to be a Democrat and being proud to say it.

    I didn't get to see Obama on Saturday, but I overheard a LOT of people talking about it, and who seemed really enthused about politics for the first time in a long time.  Nice feeling, that.

    •  Yep Boise was a great scene last night (0+ / 0-)

      Here's hoping that a good portion  of those young Obama supporters will turn into real political activists to build on that energy thing he has going on.

      I spent as much time as I could teaching the Obamans that they could be supportive of the other dems too and did not need to be anything but poistive, Especially in light of their massive show up.  I hope they understand being part of the process matters

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