Idaho Gov. Brad Little fights off Trump-endorsed candidate to win GOP primary
Added 05-18-22 01:18:02am EST - “Little will face Democrat Stephen Heidt in the November election. No Democrat has held the Idaho governor's office since 1995, nor has any party member held statewide office since 2007.” - Nypost.com
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Incumbent Idaho Gov. Brad Little held off seven challengers — including his own Trump-endorsed lieutenant governor — to secure victory in the Republican primary Tuesday and become the odds-on favorite to win a second four-year term.
The race was called with 23% of precincts reporting and Little receiving 64.1% of the vote, while Lt. Gov Janice McGeachin had 23.4%.
The two spectacularly fell out last May after McGeachin issued an executive order banning mask mandates while Little was attending a Republican Governors Association meeting in Tennessee.
Little, who never issued a statewide mandate and had left decisions on masking to local officials, quickly rescinded the order and decried her actions as an “irresponsible, self-serving political stunt.”
A few months later, with Little out of state again, McGeachin issued an executive order expanding on a directive that no Idaho government department could require vaccine passports. The lieutenant governor sought to add K-12 schools and universities to the ban and accused Little of rejecting conservative principles, writing on Twitter that “protecting individual liberty means fighting against tyranny at ALL levels of government.”
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