Voters in Kootenai County (and the rest of North Idaho) took a right turn compared with the rest of the state in Tuesday’s election.
Trump endorsed Janice McGeachin lost to incumbent Brad Little at a statewide level, but pulled off a massive margin in Kootenai County. In the morning after the election, McGeachin was about fifteen percent ahead of Little in Kootenai County.
The story was the same for other statewide candidates who had the endorsement of the KCRCC: while winning the local vote, they were unable to pull off a statewide victory.
There were two big exceptions. Former congressman Raúl Labrador handily beat current Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. Additionally, Dorothy Moon came within three percentage points of beating Ada County Election Clerk Phil McGrane. Moon was seemingly hindered by former State Senator Mary Souza who was able to take just around fifteen percent of the total vote.
Kootenai County residents voted overwhelmingly for candidates who had been recommended by the local branch of the Republican party. Each one of the candidates recommended in the KCRCC sample ballot was able to secure a victory without exception. From State Senator candidates Doug ‘O’ Okuniewicz, Ben Toews, and Carl Bjerke to Kootenai County Clerk Jennifer Locke.