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From Khizr Khan to Roger Stone, Idaho candidates get some big-name endorsements

Tommy Ahlquist, Republican candidate for governor, left, with Trump surrogates Candace Owens and Charlie Kirk during an April 30 announcement of their endorsements.
Tommy Ahlquist, Republican candidate for governor, left, with Trump surrogates Candace Owens and Charlie Kirk during an April 30 announcement of their endorsements. csewell@idahostatesman.com

Candidates in three of Idaho's most high-interest primaries have attracted some unexpected endorsements mixed in among the usual names.

Election Day is Tuesday, May 15. Here are some of the current lawmakers and national names lending their support. Check back for any updates.

Republican gubernatorial candidates

Tommy Ahlquist: Former Massachusetts governor and presidential nominee Mitt Romney; Idaho "Apprentice" star Troy McClain; Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong; Trump surrogates Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens; Meridian Mayor Tammy deWeerd; Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas.

Raul Labrador: Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz; Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul; David Bossie, former deputy campaign manager for President Trump; former Boise State Broncos running back Ian Johnson.

Also endorsing Labrador are 30 current Idaho legislators: Sens. Cliff Bayer, Lori Den Hartog, Dean Mortimer, Tony Potts, Mary Souza and Steve Vick; and Reps. Vito Barbieri, Judy Boyle, Greg Chaney, Don Cheatham, Brent Crane, Gayann DeMordaunt, Sage Dixon, Barbara Ehardt, Terry Gestrin, Karey Hanks, Steve Harris, Mike Kingsley, Lynn Luker, Ron Mendive, Jason Monks, Dorothy Moon, Ron Nate, Joe Palmer, Heather Scott, Paul Shepherd, Thyra Stevenson, John Vander Woude, Christy Zito and Bryan Zollinger.

Brad Little: Idaho U.S. Sen. and former Gov. Jim Risch; Idaho U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson; Idaho Gov. Butch Otter; former Idaho governors Phil Batt and Dirk Kempthorne; former Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa; State Controller Brandon Woolf.

Also endorsing Little are 36 current Idaho legislators: Senate Pro Tem Brent Hill; House Speaker Scott Bedke; and Sens. Jeff Agenbroad, Kelly Anthon, Steve Bair, Bert Brackett, Mark Harris, Lee Heider, Shawn Keough, Todd Lakey, Abby Lee, Patti Anne Lodge, Fred Martin, Bob Nonini, Jim Patrick, Jim Rice, Jeff Siddoway and Chuck Winder. Also, Reps. Paul Amador, Neil Anderson, Robert Anderst, Maxine Bell, Megan Blanksma, Van Burtenshaw, Dell Raybould, Marc Gibbs, Stephen Hartgen, Clark Kauffman, Ryan Kerby, Patrick McDonald, Dustin Manwaring, Eric Redman, Scott Syme, Julie VanOrden, Fred Wood and Rick Youngblood.

Democratic gubernatorial candidates

AJ Balukoff: Former Idaho U.S. Reps. Walt Minnick, Larry LaRocco and Richard Stallings; former Idaho U.S. Attorney Betty Richardson; former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Cathy Silak; Conservation Voters for Idaho.

Also endorsing Balukoff are 12 current Idaho legislators: House Minority Leader Mat Erpelding; Sens. Cherie Buckner-Webb, Maryanne Jordan, Mark Nye and Janie Ward-Engelking; and Reps. Grant Burgoyne, Sue Chew, Phylis King, Hy Kloc, John McCrostie, Elaine Smith and Melissa Wintrow.

Paulette Jordan: Cher; CNN political commentator Van Jones; Gold Star father Khizr Khan.

Republican 1st Congressional District candidates

Russ Fulcher: Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz; Idaho U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador; Ohio U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan; North Carolina U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows; Idaho businessman Frank VanderSloot; Idaho Treasurer Ron Crane; Meridian Mayor Tammy deWeerd; David Bossie, former deputy campaign manager for President Trump.

Also endorsing Fulcher are 31 current Idaho legislators: Sens. Chuck Winder, Steve Vick, Cliff Bayer, Lori Den Hartog, Dan Johnson, Dean Mortimer, Tony Potts, Jim Rice, Mary Souza and Steven Thayn. Also Reps. Brent Crane, John VanderWoude, Judy Boyle, Vito Barbieri, Greg Chaney, Sage Dixon, Terry Gestrin, Karey Hanks, Steve Harris, Mike Kingsley, Lynn Luker, Ron Mendive, Jason Monks, Dorothy Moon, Ron Nate, Joe Palmer, Heather Scott, Thyra Stevenson, Jeff Thompson, Christy Zito and Bryan Zollinger.

Dave Leroy: Former Idaho Govs. Phil Batt and Dirk Kempthorne; former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Luke Malek: Former Idaho U.S. Sen. Larry Craig.

Also endorsing Malek are 17 current Idaho legislators: Sens. Shawn Keough, Abby Lee and Jim Patrick. Also, Reps. Paul Amador, Neil Anderson, Robert Anderst, Randy Armstrong, Maxine Bell, Lance Clow, Marc Gibbs, Clark Kauffman, Ryan Kerby, Patrick McDonald, Steve Miller, Julie VanOrden, Fred Wood and Rick Youngblood.

Michael Snyder: Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul; radio show host Alex Jones; and Roger Stone, political consultant and former adviser to President Donald Trump.

Cynthia Sewell is Idaho Statesman's government and watchdog reporter. Contact her at (208) 377-6428, csewell@idahostatesman.com or @CynthiaSewell on Twitter.
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