Primary preview: Idaho state executive elections, 2014

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May 19, 2014

Idaho

By Maresa Strano

May 19, 2014 Election Preview
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Boise, Idaho: Seven state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of Idaho.

Five of the seven total incumbents are seeking re-election to their posts this election cycle. They are: Gov. Butch Otter, Lt. Gov. Brad Little, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, Treasurer Ron Crane and Controller Brandon Woolf. The remaining two officers, three term Secretary of State Ben Ysursa and two term State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, are retiring from their respective offices when their current terms expire next January.[1][2][3][4][5]

On May 20, voters will nominate candidates in eight contested primary races - six Republican and two Democratic - to send to the general election. Winners will join the unopposed major party candidates and third party candidates on the November 4 ballot.[5]

Idaho has a mixed primary system, wherein the Republican primary is closed to registered members of the party and while the Democratic primary is open to everyone. Recently, the state has introduced a new election law that addresses its vast population of unaffiliated voters - that is, qualified electors not already registered with the Democratic, Constitution or Libertarian Party - who have historically been excluded from participating in the closed GOP primaries. A reported 59% of Idaho voters currently fall under this unaffiliated category and are now permitted to affiliate at the polls and vote. All seven state-row seats are current held by Republicans; This new primary rule is unlikely to cause the GOP to lose control over the state's executive branch.[6]

Below, Ballotpedia has put together a preview of those upcoming elections.[7]

In Idaho, all polls will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. In some instances, polls may open at 7:00 a.m., at the discretion of the local Clerk.[8] Idaho is split between the Mountain and Pacific time zones.


Idaho Governor
See also: Idaho Gubernatorial election, 2014
Republican Primary
Democratic Primary
General Election Candidates
Libertarian Party John T. Bujak
Independent Pro-Life
Independent Jill Humble
Constitution Party Steve Pankey

Idaho Lieutenant Governor
See also: Idaho Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014
Republican Primary
General Election Candidates
Democratic Party Bert Marley
Constitution Party David Hartigan

Idaho Secretary of State
See also: Idaho secretary of state election, 2014

The seat is open in 2014 due to the retirement of three term incumbent Secretary of State Ben Ysursa (R).

Republican Primary
General Election Candidates
Democratic Party Holli High Woodings

Idaho Attorney General
See also: Idaho attorney general election, 2014
Republican Primary
General Election Candidates
Democratic Party Bruce Bistline

Idaho Treasurer
See also: Idaho down ballot state executive elections, 2014
Democratic Primary
General Election Candidates
Republican Party Ron Crane - Incumbent

Idaho Controller
See also: Idaho down ballot state executive elections, 2014
Republican Primary

Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction
See also: Idaho down ballot state executive elections, 2014

This seat is open in 2014 due to the retirement of two term State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna (R).

Republican Primary
General Election Candidates
Democratic Party Jana Jones

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