Capitol & State

Fulcher using 'free media' — talk radio — to capture late-deciding voters

Republican Sen. Russ Fulcher will appear on three talk-radio shows on Election Eve as he presses his campaign to become just the third candidate since 1904 to unseat an Idaho governor in his party primary.

Fulcher began his day at 8 a.m. on 580 KIDO in Boise with host Kevin Miller, then was to move on to 590 KID in Idaho Falls and finish at 5 p.m. on 670 KBOI in Boise with host Nate Shelman. Fulcher announced the schedule in an email to supporters Monday morning.

Otter has outspent Fulcher by about 2-to-1. Like most challengers, he's relied heavily on what campaign consultants call "free media" to make his case.

Gov. Butch Otter aims to become the first governor to win a third consecutive term since Republican Gov. Bob Smylie in 1962. Otter's official and campaign schedules don't show any public events on the final day before the May 20 election.

Smylie, running for a fourth term in 1966, was defeated by then-Sen. Don Samuelson. Samuelson served one term before losing to Democratic Gov. Cecil Andrus, Idaho's only four-term governor, who served from 1971-77 and 1987-95.

Fulcher's email follows:

I will be on the radio today throughout Idaho

Hi Friends,

Please tune in to hear my radio interviews today. I will be making a final appeal to your friends and neighbors to vote for me. I will be on KID in East Idaho, Kevin Miller on 580-AM, and Nate Shelman on 670-AM.

 Link to Listen Live to Kevin Miller at 8:06 AM MST

Link to Listen Live to KID in East Idaho in the morning

 Link to Listen Live to the Nate Shelman Show at 5:00 PM MST

 Don't forget to vote on Tuesday! Find out if you are registered to vote and where your polling location is by clicking here. Then meet me at the victory party at the GOP Headquarters at the Riverside Hotel on Tuesday night in Boise after the polls close.

 If you would like to help my campaign with it's final hours of volunteer activities and reminding people to vote, please email

Onward to victory!