Magazine article Politics Magazine

Idaho

Magazine article Politics Magazine

Idaho

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IDAHO DEMOCRATS THINK 2008 is finally the year they'll break through the wall of GOP control. Ironically, the party may end up pinning its hopes on a former Republican and Nixon White House staffer.

The Democrats are targeting first-term Republican Rep. Bill Sali, who occupies a House seat once held by Democrats for more than a decade. They're rallying behind Walt Minnick, who has already raised more than $400,000, besting Sali by more than $100,000.

Minnick ran unsuccessfully against Sen. Larry Craig in 1996. Before resigning from the Nixon White House, he was a staff assistant sharing an office with Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Libby.

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Sali is expected to win the Republican primary this month.

Idaho Republicans currently control the governor's office and both houses of the state legislature. Idaho's two U.S. Senate seats have been red since 1981, and Republicans have occupied the state's two congressional seats since 1995. …

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