Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin wanted to be governor of Idaho so badly that when Governor Brad Little went out of town, she crowned herself governor and dropped the state’s mask mandate. This is not done, but she did it. Tuesday, she faced off against him in the gubernatorial race and lost.
The last time that a Lt. Governor went up against his boss, the Governor, in a gubernatorial race, was in 1938 before World War II.
The winner was projected by the Associated Press (AP), according to The Daily Beast:
‘With 98% of precincts reporting, Little had 53% of the Republican vote; McGeachin had 32%; Ed Humphreys had 11%; Steve Bradshaw had 2%; and four other candidates each had 1% or less.’
Little became Idaho’s 33rd governor in November 2018. He was sworn in January 2019. Prior to. that, he was Lt. Governor beginning in 2009. And before that, he was state senator for four terms, KTVB reported:
‘The Associated Press projected Little as the winner within a couple hours of poll closing Tuesday night, when early results showed him with 62% of the vote to McGeachin’s 25%.’
Governor Little said he was “humbled by the awesome opportunity to serve and work for the great people of Idaho:”
‘I felt the honor of serving the great state of Idaho in good times and in tough times. Once again I’m humbled by the awesome opportunity to serve and work for the great people of Idaho.’
Little said earlier:
‘The fundamentals of the Republican Party — I was raised in the Republican Party — about the lightest hand of government, about less regulation, about more opportunities, my record reflects all of those. I’m excited about what we completed the last four years.’
Little told followers:
‘I felt the honor of serving the great state of Idaho in good times and in tough times, and once again I’m humbled by the awesome opportunity to serve and work for the great people of Idaho. No other state has performed like Idaho. We’ve led the nation in job recovery and income growth.’
McGeachin told the people she would:
‘[R]estore the principles that have made Idaho great — individual liberty, state sovereignty, and traditional conservative values. It’s all about returning the government back to the people in Idaho.’
Even though the final votes have not been counted, the Democratic candidate, who showed up presumed winner was school teacher Stephen Heidt. He carried above 80% of the vote. In the general election, he will have to go up against these three:
- ‘Write-in Sandpoint Mayor Shelby Rognstad
- Write-in, David Reilly of Post Falls
- Independent activist Ammon Bundy.’
The winner will go up against party nominees from the Democratic, Constitution, and Libertarian parties nominee. Far-right activist Ammon Bundy, an Independent, will run against Little in the general November election, The Washington Post noted.
Five other Republicans ran for governor. They were:
- Steven R. Bradshaw
- Ben Cannady
- Ashley Jackson
- Lisa Marie
- Cody Usabel
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