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These are the 20 most liberal places in Idaho

Is Idaho turning into a blue state?

By analyzing Idaho party registration data in 2018, the Idaho Statesman found the most conservative and liberal cities and towns in Idaho.
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By analyzing Idaho party registration data in 2018, the Idaho Statesman found the most conservative and liberal cities and towns in Idaho.

Idaho is a solidly red state, and though Democrats have been competitive here in the past, Idahoans have long favored values like small government and a focus on agriculture. So what exactly does Idaho’s political landscape look like today?

Voters registered with the state’s only liberal party, the Democrats, make up nearly 12 percent of Idaho’s 815,657 registered voters.

In contrast, Idahoans who are registered as members of conservative parties — Republican, Libertarian and Constitution Party — constitute 53 percent of voters. Libertarian and Constitution voters combined make up just over 1 percent of that total.

Idaho also has quite a few unaffiliated voters. They make up 35 percent of the electorate.

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Only two cities in Idaho have larger populations of liberal voters than conservative voters — Ketchum and Lapwai. And though Boise is considered by some to be the liberal hub of the state because of the sheer number of Democratic voters, only 17.2 percent of Ada County voters are liberal, compared with as much as 21.3 percent of voters in Shoshone County who are registered Democrats.

We looked at party registration for the 100 cities and towns in Idaho with the most registered voters to find the most liberal places in the state — where Democrats have the highest percentage of voters compared with other cities. Of course, that’s relative, as conservatives still outnumber liberals in even the most liberal places. (Including Boise, where unaffiliated voters outnumber both partisan affiliations)

Keep in mind that not all of these registered voters participate in every election, nor do they always vote along party lines.

Know your (liberal) Idaho cities

Ketchum — Blaine County in central Idaho. Population: 2,753

Osburn — 45 miles east of Coeur d’Alene in Shoshone County. Population: 1,507

Kellogg — 35 miles east of Coeur d’Alene in Shoshone County. Population: 2,081

Lapwai — 13 miles east of Lewiston in Nex Perce County. Population: 1,148

Moscow — The county seat of Latah County in Idaho’s Panhandle. Population: 25,322

Hailey — The seat of Blaine County is central Idaho. Population: 8,218

Boise — Idaho’s capitol. Population: 223,154

Victor — 25 miles from Jackson, Wyoming, in southeast Idaho. Population: 2,055

Garden City — Adjacent to Boise in Ada County. Population: 11,602

Driggs — 35 miles from Jackson, Wyoming, in Teton County. Population: 1,736

Sun Valley — Resort town in central Idaho. Population: 1,436

Pinehurst — 6.5 miles west of Kellogg in the Idaho Panhandle. Population: 1,577

McCall — 110 miles north of Boise in central Idaho. Population: 3,278

Bellevue — 5 miles south of Hailey in Blaine County. Population: 2,315

Tetonia — 50 miles northeast of Idaho Falls in Teton County. Population: 280

Potlatch — 6 miles east of the Washington border in Latah County. Population: 813

Coeur d’Alene — Seat of Kootenai County in Idaho’s Panhandle. Population: 50,285

Plummer — 35 miles south of Coeur d’Alene in Benewah County. Population: 1,017

Pocatello — Seat of Bannock County in southeast Idaho. Population: 54,746

American Falls — Seat of Power County, 25 miles west of Pocatello. Population: 4,311

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