How will a batch of campaign missteps by Sherri Ybarra, Republican state superintendent of schools candidate, affect the election on Nov. 4?
The answer isn’t simple according to an analysis by Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News.
Since the beginning of her campaign, Ybarra has been criticized for a variety of miscues from lifting copy from her opponent's web site to put on her own, to being vague on her marital history.
“Sherri Ybarra’s campaign has demonstrated a knack for making headlines — few of them good,” Richert writes. “The Republican state superintendent’s candidate has become the talk of Idaho political circles, with critics questioning her honesty and her ethics.”
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Independent voters could decide this is the race to go for a Democrat, Jasper LiCalzi, a professor of political economy at the College of Idaho in Caldwell tells Richert.
“But if Republican get-out-the-vote efforts work as they have in the past, Ybarra may win regardless,” Richert writes.