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Cynthia Clinkingbeard

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Cynthia Clinkingbeard
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U.S. House, Idaho, District 1
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Cynthia Clinkingbeard was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Idaho.



See also: Idaho's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Clinkingbeard ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Idaho's 1st District. Clinkingbeard was defeated by Jimmy Farris in the Democratic primary.[1] Incumbent Raul Labrador defeated challenger Reed McCandless in the Republican primary.

Idaho's 1st Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJimmy Farris 53.2% 5,362
Cynthia Clinkingbeard 46.8% 4,723
Total Votes 10,085

Mental health evaluation

On March 16, 2012, Clinkingbeard allegedly went into a Boise area Staples office supply store, made threatening remarks to an employee, and pulled out a handgun.[2][3] After leaving the store, Clinkingbeard and two adults in a vehicle were later stopped by police. In a hearing, Magistrate Kevin Swain ordered that a court-appointed evaluator conduct a mental health evaluation on Clinkingbeard.[2] The evaluation was scheduled for May 4, 2012.[2] On May 7, 2012, the evaluation was rescheduled for June 5, after the May 15th primary.[4]

Clinkingbeard suspended her campaign, but still appeared on the ballot in the primary.[4]

An October 2012 article in The Daily named Clinkingbeard 1 of the 20 worst candidates in 2012.[5]

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