GOP in Moscow: What to watch at the Idaho Republican Convention

dpopkey@idahostatesman.comJune 12, 2014 

Idaho politics, republican unity, gop

Idaho Republicans gather on the steps of the Statehouse for a GOP unity rally on May 21 after the 2014 primary.


Early presidential talk: Mike Huckabee headlines Thursday's kickoff dinner at the University Inn. The former Arkansas governor ran fourth in the latest 2016 CNN/ORC presidential poll, at 10 percent.

Huge crowd for Paul? GOP Chairman Barry Peterson has mused about 18,000 people crowding the Kibbie Dome on Friday to hear Sen. Rand Paul, atop the poll at 13 percent. Paul is sure to outdraw Huckabee because most convention business starts Friday.

Ada delegation under fire: Friday morning, Sen. Rod Beck will ask the Credentials Committee to replace the 102-member Ada County delegation, about one-sixth of all delegates, on the grounds it was a "secret" slate. Allies of Gov. Butch Otter's primary opponent, Sen. Russ Fulcher, co-chair the committee. The outcome may decide whether Otter backers unseat Chairman Peterson.

Saturday decision day: Otter hasn't endorsed Doug Sayer for party chairman, but he's the most likely challenger to beat Peterson. Officers will be elected beginning at 1 p.m., with Congressman Raul Labrador presiding as the chairman of the convention.

Repeal closed primary? Delegates may urge the state Central Committee to reopen the primary, a move Otter supports. If Otter's victory is wide, look for the Central Committee to make the change after the convention adjourns Saturday afternoon.

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