Whether Victory or Defeat– Unity!
“Even though this is late in an election year, there is no way we can go forward except together and no way anybody can win except by serving the people’s urgent needs. We cannot stand still or slip backwards. We must go forward now together.”
-Gerald R. Ford
2018 was an historic Primary Election in Idaho. Millions of dollars were spent by candidates self-promoting and attacking their opponents. Accusations were made, some debunked by the press, some stuck to their victim and affected the race. Special interest groups, PACs, and Unions got involved in the Republican Primary contests to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
A winner was crowned. When the dust began to settle, the Idaho GOP held a rally on the steps of the Statehouse. Were you there or did you watch it online? Maybe neither one.
What you missed were the candidates– who just hours before were launching vicious attacks, or defending themselves from those attacks; now standing in support behind the victor in unity. The winners of each race took a moment at the microphone to set the stage for what’s ahead: a well funded, all out assault from the progressive Democrat party, unions, special interest groups, PACs, and the far-left liberal candidates themselves.
The Idaho Democrats finally fielded candidates different than the multi-millionaire self funders they’ve run in previous elections. This newly elected slate of progressive candidates have brought new energy into the Democrat party in Idaho. Their voter turnout was tens of thousands of voters higher than expected, many counties ran out of Democratic Party ballots early and voters had to wait for more ballots to be printed and delivered to the precincts. The fact is, Democrats are fired up. They are hoping for a “blue wave” in November.
No matter how heated the GOP races were, it’s important that the Idaho GOP voters unify behind the slate of winners and work hard to support their election. This election year, even more than previous years, there is a stark difference between the slates of candidates nominated by the Republicans and Democrats. The road to November 2018 will allow voters to learn both sides of each issue as they will be participating in an ideological battle between Progressive Liberals and Republicans.
Ultimately, Idaho voters will decide which end of the political spectrum they want our state to move forward as: Progressive Democrat or Republican? The choices have never been more distinct. On the ballot will be even more issues that will drive turnout: the opportunity to have the first female Governor, expand Medicaid, and the first female Lieutenant Governor will be elected. Very few voters will sit this one out.
Information about how to register and where to vote can be found at Idahovotes.gov.