Bonner County parties announce caucus dates

Print Article

SANDPOINT — Idaho voters won’t see Democratic or Republican candidates for president on the primary ballot this May.

That’s because both parties have opted to conduct caucuses to select their respective presidential candidates.

Bonner County Republicans are caucusing on Tuesday, March 6 at Sandpoint High School, Priest River Junior High School, Blanchard Community Center and The Filling Station Youth Center in Clark Fork. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Bonner County Democrats are caucusing on Saturday, April 14, at Sandpoint Community Hall. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

Democrats will be mainly caucusing for delegates to the state convention in June because their candidate, President Barack Obama, is already in office.

Republicans will be caucusing on the five candidates looking to unseat Obama — Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Buddy Roemer, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.

Cornel Rasor, chairman of the county central GOP committee, said caucus attendees will cast private ballots.

“Any candidate that doesn’t achieve 15 percent is removed from the running and then there’ll be another round until someone hits 51 percent,” said Rasor.

The Idaho GOP elected to caucus the presidential primary to ensure their voice is heard during the presidential election cycle.

A number of states moved up the dates of their primaries or caucuses, which means the nominee is usually decided this month or the next.

Idaho’s primary isn’t until May 15.

Moreover, Idaho has 32 delegates to send to the national convention, more than Iowa, New Hampshire or Nevada. As a result, Idaho is seen as an early prize for the winning Republican presidential candidate.

Idaho Democrats are caucusing because it encourages locals to get involved in the process of being a delegate. Idaho Democrats have 12 delegates.

“That’s what I think is the best part about the caucus process. It really reaches to the grassroots,” said Laura Bry, chair of the Democratic central committee.

A drawback of the caucus, in Bry’s view, is that the event is time-specific and you can’t vote absentee.

“We’re caucusing on a Saturday instead of a weeknight so we think more people can come out,” she said.

Rasor also sees the lack of absentee voting and participation of those in military service overseas as disadvantages.

“The advantages would be that the people who are really engaged politically and passionate about their candidate are more likely to be represented,” Rasor said.

Delegates for the GOP’s state convention will be done at the central committee-level.

Print Article

Read More News

In Putin's heartland, apathy and disappointment rule

AP

December 11, 2017 at 7:33 am | NOVOKUZNETSK, Russia (AP) — Three months ahead of Russia's presidential election, apathy and disappointment pervade incumbent Vladimir Putin's heartland. Alexandra Chekh, a retired kindergarten d...

Comments

Read More

As bitcoin soars, warnings of a bubble proliferate

AP

December 11, 2017 at 7:15 am | Is bitcoin in a bubble? The price of bitcoin has been soaring this year, and last week alone it jumped from $11,000 to well over $17,000, according to Coindesk. It started the year below $1,000. ...

Comments

Read More

AP: Rohingya methodically raped by Myanmar's armed forces

AP

December 11, 2017 at 6:17 am | UKHIA, Bangladesh (AP) — The soldiers arrived, as they often did, long after sunset. It was June, and the newlyweds were asleep in their home, surrounded by the fields of wheat they farmed in wes...

Comments

Read More

Clarification: Sweden-Synagogue-Arson story

AP

December 11, 2017 at 5:39 am | HELSINKI (AP) — In a story Dec. 10, The Associated Press reported that the fire-bombing of a synagogue in Goteborg was the second anti-Jewish attack in Sweden in as many days. The story should have c...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 263-9534
PO Box 159
Sandpoint, ID 83864

©2017 Bonner County Daily Bee Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X