How Idaho’s gubernatorial elections mirrored national trends

Tuesday’s Idaho gubernatorial primaries mirrored two national trends, the national education news site The 74 pointed out Wednesday.

Lt. Gov. Brad Little’s victory is in line with Republican primaries around the nation, as the GOP aligned behind an establishment nominee. Little carried the endorsement of many leading Republicans, including retiring Gov. Butch Otter.

“Little’s win continues a Republican stretch of nominating establishment-friendly figures to seek higher office (the party tagged longtime office holder Mike DeWine to seek the governorship in Ohio and easily shook off the candidacy of felon Don Blankenship in favor of Attorney General Patrick Morrisey in West Virginia),” The 74’s Kevin Mahnken wrote.

Former state Rep. Paulette Jordan’s win in the Democratic primary is the latest in a series of wins for women running in high-profile races.

Mahnken’s summary on Jordan: “Her campaign to become both the first female and first Native American governor of Idaho has energized party activists both within the state and around the country. She has won favorable media coverage in the Atlantic and Huffington Post, along with the endorsements of liberal groups like Indivisible and People for Bernie Sanders.”

That national media attention is unlikely to go away any time soon.

More reading: Our coverage from the governor’s race, and six storylines from the primary elections.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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