Today is primary day in Idaho, and while it doesn’t hold quite the drama of a week ago, there’s an intriguing GOP House primary, where Vaughn Ward, who looked like a GOP rising star, has hit one bump in the road after another.
Walt Minnick, Idaho: One of the few House Democrats who voted against the stimulus, cap-and-trade, and the health-care bill, he was endorsed by the Tea Party Express. But GOP challenger Vaughn Ward can give this district all of the same stands without a vote to keep Nancy Pelosi as speaker.
In a Mason-Dixon Poll done for The Idaho Statesman on May 17-19, no clear winner has emerged in the Republican 1st Congressional District Primary. More than 1/3 of the 625 people polled (37%) said they have no preference among the three Republicans trying to get the nomination. Vaughn Ward received 31% of yes votes, Raul Labrador 28% with Harley Brown at a distant third with 4%. Ward’s and Labrador’s numbers put them in a statistical dead heat.