Idaho 5/15 Primary: At a Glance


Idaho has its statewide primary election on Tuesday, May 15. Here are some election facts and a few key races, with the names of the Democratic candidates and links to their campaign websites.

Idaho has a partially closed primary. Democrats allow voters unaffiliated with their party to vote; Republicans require voters registered as Republican. Voters must be registered by April 20th, although Idaho does allow election day registration. Info about early and absentee voting can be found here.

The State At A Glance
– No Senators are up for re-election in 2018
– Both House Representatives are up for re-election
– Idaho went +32 for Trump in 2016  (Significantly, 6.7% voted for Evan McMullin)
– Partisan breakdown of the state legislature:
Governor (R)
State Senate 29 (R) – 6 (D)
State House 59 (R) – 11 (D)

Key Races
Yes, Idaho is a very red state. The best opportunities for Democrats are with the local and state legislative races. We recommend connecting with the Idaho Democrats to learn more about the races that could use your help. Sign up for emails or to volunteer here: Idaho Democrats

The current governor is Butch Otter (R), who is not seeking re-election for a fourth term. There are 3 Democratic candidates in the primary.

A.J. Balukoff – campaign website
Peter Dill – campaign website
Paulette Jordan – campaign website

All of the seats in the Senate are up for re-election this year. The Democrats would have to gain 6 seats to break the Republicans’ veto-proof majority in the Senate. A list of the districts with re-elections and the candidates running for those seats can be found here.

All of seats in the House are up for re-election this year. A list of the candidates running for the House can be found here.

NOTE: If you’re unsure what state district number you’re in, type in your address at Open States to get that info.

For a more complete list of state races in the primary, visit Ballotpedia: Idaho Elections 2018

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