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2018 Idaho Governor

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Post by Addie » Wed May 16, 2018 10:01 am

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Woman running to become first Native American governor wins Dem primary



Paulette Jordan won the Democratic nomination in Idaho’s gubernatorial race. If elected, she would become the first Native American governor in the United States.

Jordan, who has served as an Idaho state lawmaker for two terms, on Tuesday beat out former Boise school board member A.J. Balukoff in the state’s primary. Jordan had won 58 percent of the vote with 96 percent of the precinct in.

The 38-year-old lawmaker will now gear up to face Lt. Gov. Brad Little (R) in November. Little, who has been lieutenant governor since 2009, won Tuesday night’s primary with 37 percent of the vote, defeating U.S. Rep. Raúl Labrador and real estate developer Tommy Ahlquist.

Jordan is running as a pro-LGBTQ rights, pro-marijuana legalization, pro-Medicaid expansion Democrat in the deeply red state. The last time a Democratic governor was elected in Idaho was in 1990.

Little, the heir apparent to Idaho’s Gov. Butch Otter (R), is pro-life, opposes same-sex marriage and does not support the expansion of Medicaid, but he also said he wouldn’t appeal a Medicaid expansion initiative should it be passed by voters on the November ballot.


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Re: 2018 Idaho Governor

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Post by Addie » Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:40 am

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Horse-riding, gun-owning Democrat shakes up Idaho governor's race ...

Idaho has been a graveyard for Democrats seeking state or federal positions for decades. But Jordan's passion for her roots and battle cry that the state work for the people and not the other way round are winning attention and funding. She's being watched as a possible model for Democrats to win in rural areas.

"I was raised by the community of Idaho. I was raised by the land," says Jordan, her voice calm as it carries her central pledge to rural voters -- to fight political cronyism and corporate corruption.

"It's my turn, my responsibility to take on this government that has sat idle and disserved the public. The citizens of Idaho deserve better. We're saying we're not here to be a part of the status quo or the establishment. That's how we in Idaho are as a people. We are fiercely independent. That needs to be driven back into our government. It needs to work for us, not against us." ...

Her chances of winning in this deeply conservative, overwhelmingly white state appear slim, if not impossible. Idaho's latest voter registration numbers show Republicans outpace Democrats by a margin of more than 4 to 1.

The last time Idaho voted in a Democrat as governor was in 1990. Democratic candidates for governor since then have been cut from the same mold -- politically moderate, white, older men. Their candidacies have been so abysmal that the Idaho Statesman referred to them with this blanket statement: "the sacrificial lamb in the governor's general election race."

The most damning data for those looking for a Democrat surprise in November -- Trump won Idaho by 32 points in 2016.

Paulette Jordan for Governor

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