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Less than 10,000 Idaho voters switch parties before primary

Idaho has long been a Republican stronghold
From February 25 through March 18, there were 9,599 registered voters who switched to the...
From February 25 through March 18, there were 9,599 registered voters who switched to the Republican party in Idaho, Nampa television station KIVI-TV reported(KMVT)
Published: May. 10, 2022 at 1:07 PM MDT
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Fewer than 10,000 of Idaho’s roughly 1 million registered voters switched their affiliation to “Republican” ahead of next week’s primary election, according to the Idaho Secretary of State’s office.

Idaho has long been a Republican stronghold. The Idaho Republican primary is closed, which means only registered Republicans are allowed to vote for GOP candidates.

From February 25 through March 18, there were 9,599 registered voters who switched to the Republican party in Idaho, Nampa television station KIVI-TV reported. The majority — nearly 6,200 — were unaffiliated voters before they switched. About 3,200 more switched from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party. About 150 voters were registered as Libertarian or Constitution party members.

More than 300 voters switched to the Democratic Party.

Switching affiliation for closed primaries is common in states where one political party holds strong sway, said Charles Hunt, assistant professor of political science in Boise State University’s School of Public Service.

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