BOISE, ID – More than 40,000 people took part in Idaho’s first Republican presidential caucus. Ada County’s caucus – the largest in the state – may have started late, but it ended after one round of voting.
Dozens of people showed up early to Boise State’s Taco Bell Arena. They waited in line, anxious for the doors to open. For 67-year old Robert Austin, standing by the Republican Party is more important than who he’ll support initially.
Robert Austin: I’m for Ron Paul, but I am going to vote whoever the GOP nominee is to get the present incumbent out of the White House.
But for others, the candidate matters more than Party. Kristen Doster from Meridian is in her 40s. She says she’d never support Ron Paul if he gets the nomination.
Kristen Doster: I don’t want to vote for someone who’s not really a Republican and who’s morals and values and beliefs don’t line up with what I believe in.
Doster backs Rick Santorum. Even though he lost, Doster like many at the Ada County caucus felt that their voices and choices were heard. Dawn Hatch chaired the Ada County caucus.
Dawn Hatch: People are energized. They’re excited about it. They’re happy about it. And that’s what we need. We need to get happy about politics and get involved in it.
The first round of voting began nearly an hour late at Taco Bell Arena. Results didn’t get announced until two hours later. But in the end Mitt Romney won among the 9,000 Republicans who came out for Ada County’s first caucus.
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