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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Great news out of Idaho

Blogger Lynn Allen of Evergreen Politics links to this story from the red state of Idaho (from the Idaho Statesman):

For the first time since the early 1990s, the outcome of a statewide election appears in doubt with just 10 days to go.

An Idaho Statesman/Today's 6 poll says races for governor, 1st Congressional District and school superintendent are essentially tied.

Now, the state with the nation's highest proportion of GOP legislators has a nail-biter election that will turn on last-minute advertising, debates and organization.

Democrats haven't won a governor's race since 1990 or a seat in Congress since 1992, but a call for change nationally is reaching Idaho. Coupled with Republican candidates who inspire negative feelings, Democrats have a shot.

That is jaw dropping news. And this quote seals the deal:

"At this point in a typical campaign, Idaho Democrats are dispirited and looking for moral victories," said Jim Weatherby, a political scientist who has overseen polling at Boise State University. "This time, it looks like they may actually pull off some major victories."

Update: McJoan at Dailykos.com highlights this story from local blog IdaBlue. Interesting stuff.


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