General Elections 2018

Idaho Capitol Dome
Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Democrats won’t occupy any of Idaho’s statewide offices after Tuesday’s election, but they did make inroads at the state legislature.

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Idaho Matters breaks down the results of Tuesday's elections with Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News, Betsy Russell of the Idaho Press, Boise State assistant professor of political science Jaclyn Kettler and political analyst Justin Vaughn.

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho residents elected a new governor, a new lieutenant governor and decided on a pair of voter initiatives at the polls yesterday. Matt Guilhem spoke to BYU-Idaho political science professor Matthew Miles about the election and started by asking what most stood out to him.

Live election results: Get the latest on Idaho's propositions and races for governor, Senate and House. 


Idaho Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan was confident well into election night, but in the end, a motivated liberal base wasn’t enough to overcome long odds. The Associated Press called the race in favor of Republican Lt. Gov. Brad Little just before 11:00 p.m. Tuesday night.


James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

After more than six years of inaction at the state legislature, Idahoans overwhelmingly signed-off on expanding Medicaid coverage to the state’s working poor.

James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

After nearly two years of campaigning, Republican Lt. Governor Brad Little has won his promotion to Idaho’s top office.

Enthusiasm High As Idaho Votes

Nov 6, 2018

People across Idaho are casting ballots today for a new governor, two big propositions and a host of local races. Reporters Matt Guilhem and Roam Yocham went to polling places in Ada County and spoke to voters Tuesday morning and into the afternoon.


Idahoans statewide are voting at rates not seen in years. The Idaho Secretary of State’s office confirms nearly 155,000 absentee ballots have been counted this season.


Track the balance of power between the major parties in Congress as results come in for House and Senate Races.



Live election results: Get the latest on Idaho's propositions and races for governor, Senate and House.


James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

The Idaho Secretary of State’s office is looking into an online ad that linked to its voter resource website while promoting Proposition 2, a ballot initiative to expand Medicaid eligibility.


Boise State Public Radio reporter James Dawson joins us to parse out everything you need to know going into Election Day.

Les Bois, historic horse racing
James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

The grandstand at Les Bois Park in Garden City has been mostly empty for the past three years, ever since state lawmakers pulled the plug on historic horse racing in Idaho.

Amy Pratt, Idahoans for Healthcare, Medicaid for Idaho, canvas
James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

After years of inaction by the Idaho legislature on the state's healthcare gap, three people traveled throughout the state on a hunch that residents were just as fed up as they were.

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James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

Lewiston is a pulp mill town that sits on the banks of the Snake River. Jet boats take visitors deep into Hells Canyon or schlep anglers to the perfect spot to catch a steelhead. The river also separates Lewiston from Clarkston, Washington – both named in honor of the leaders of the Corps of Discovery.


The two candidates vying to replace outgoing congressman Raul Labrador met for a televised debate Monday night. Recent news events figured in their answers.

AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger

Idaho Governor Butch Otter has endorsed a ballot initiative to expand Medicaid eligibility less than a week before voters head to the polls.

"Proposition 2 is an Idaho-grown solution," Otter says in a new ad released by Idahoans for Healthcare, a group pushing for Medicaid expansion. "Vote yes on Proposition 2. It’s the right thing for Idaho."

Boise State Public Radio

Boise State Public Radio and HuffPost teamed up to present a conversation about Proposition 2 on Oct. 11, 2018. The event was part of HuffPost's 'Listen to America' tour.

There’s a lot of talk about guns in political campaigns this year, much of it focused on regulations aimed at preventing mass shootings. But in states like Idaho, where well over half the population has guns, politicians on all sides are angling to be the most firearms-friendly candidate.

Stethescope, Health Care, Doctor, Medical
Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

This City Club of Boise Forum was recorded on Tuesday, October 23 and features panelists:

Luke Mayville - Reclaim Idaho

Fred Birnbaum - Idaho Freedom Foundation

Lauren Necochea - Idaho Fiscal Policy Center

Idahoans Create High Turnout Rate In Midterm Early Voting

Oct 24, 2018
Ada County's mobile voting truck
Katherine Jones, Idaho Statesman

With the midterm election less than two weeks away, many Idaho voters are casting their ballots early. So far, the turnout is much higher than previous elections.


Molly Messick / Boise State Public Radio

The Idaho Democratic Party says you can still vote, even if you’ve had trouble picking up a driver’s license at the DMV.

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Ada County voters can hit the polls this weekend. With enthusiasm high for the upcoming election, the county is opening several polling places extra days for early voting.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

We’ve been bringing you statewide election coverage, from the Gubernatorial race to Superintendent of Public Instruction to Lieutenant Governor. Now we want to take a look at the Idaho Legislature and how races there are shaping up.