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The Road To Red: How One Political Party Came To Dominate Idaho

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Emilie Ritter Saunders
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Boise State Public Radio

The Road To Red: How One Political Party Came To Dominate Idaho

The Republican Party has dominated Idaho politics for most of its history. In fact, it's one of the reddest states in the country. But it hasn't always been that way.

Twenty years ago, Idaho had a Democratic governor. More recently, Idaho had a Democrat in Congress. Today, Republicans hold each of Idaho's top statewide elected offices, and a wide majority in the Legislature.

So, how did Republicans get to be so firmly in control of Idaho politics today? We examine the events and issues that led to one-party control of Idaho.