Idaho Will Hold its Second Presidential Primary for a Party Other than the Republican and Democratic Parties

Scott Copeland

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Three presidential candidates have filed to be on the Idaho Constitution Party’s presidential primary ballot: Scott Copeland, Patrick Anthony Ockander, and J. R. Myers. They each paid $1,000 to be on the ballot. The primary will be March 8. Past Idaho presidential primaries were always in May, and no party had presidential primaries in Idaho in 2012; they used caucuses.

This will be the second minor party presidential primary in Idaho history. Idaho did not have presidential primaries until 1976, and the state won’t print up primary ballots for parties unless they have at least two candidates for any particular office. In 1976 the American Party had a presidential primary. The vote was: John Rarick 409; Thomas Anderson 261; uncommitted 92. Despite the outcome, the party nominated Lester Maddox. Thanks to Floyd Whitley for the news, and thanks to Michael for a reminder about 1976.

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