Is Idaho Turning Purple?
Idaho voters are seriously considering Democratic candidates for the first time since the early 1990s, a new poll by the Idaho Statesman and by the Boise ABC television affiliate suggests.
The poll finds that races for Congress and governor essentially are tied. In the governor's race, Republican U.S. Rep. Butch Otter leads Democratic newspaper owner Jerry Brady by a single percentage point. In the Congressional race to replace Otter, Republican state Rep. Bill Sali leads Democratic businessman Larry Grant by 2 percentage points.
Democrats haven't won the governor's race since 1990 or a congressional seat since 1992.
Idaho GOP Chairman Kirk Sullivan, showing refreshing honesty in the face of the poll results, said the national mood is hurting Republicans in the reddest of states.
"Idaho has been rather immune to the attitude and mood of the public across the nation," he said. "But this time, based on the amount of coverage that appears to be anti-Bush and anti-war, I believe that attitude has invaded Idaho."