If there’s one place failed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney can still be effective, it’s in Idaho. The former Massachusetts governor won nearly 65 percent of Idaho votes in the 2012 presidential race.
Thursday, he’ll ask Idahoans to re-elect two-time Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter. Romney hosted a high-end fundraiser for Rep. Mike Simpson in Idaho Falls Wednesday.
Andrus Center for Public Policy director David Adler says the Idaho Republican Party’s decision have Mitt Romney stump for Otter and Simpson is a very strategic one.
“Both Simpson and Otter are facing tough challenges from men who stand to the right of them politically," says Adler. "So, the Romney message is, A. Turn out to vote, it will be a close race, Mike and Butch will need your support. And B. let’s not veer into the wild right which will hurt Idaho and hurt America.”
Governor Otter is facing three Republicans in the upcoming May primary. His leading opponent is state Senator Russ Fulcher, a Tea Party-backed candidate.
Representative Mike Simpson is also facing a Tea Party candidate, Bryan Smith, a political newcomer.
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