Republicans Dominate Candidate Declarations

March 9, 2018
Contact: Mary Strow


Boise – Friday, March 9, at 5 p.m. marked the end of the candidate filing period for Idaho’s May 15 primary election and/or the Nov. 6 general election. A total of 190 Republican candidates filed Declarations of Candidacy with the Idaho Secretary of State for federal and state offices ranging from Congress to Governor to State Legislature.

Republicans clearly dominated Democrats in enthusiasm and willingness to run for office, with the robust 190 GOP fielded candidates compared to the Democrats’ 86.

Among statewide elected offices, no Democrats filed against incumbent State Controller Brandon Woolf.

In races for the state Legislature, Republicans fielded candidates for 34 Senate seats while Democrats fielded 20; Republicans racked up 68 candidates for the House against the Democrats’ 40.

Republicans were also miles ahead in legislative races uncontested by the other party: Fifteen in the state Senate and 30 in the state House vs. one and two respectively for the Democrats.

“I’m extremely proud of our party,” said party chairman Jonathan Parker. “We have a terrific field of candidates ready to serve the people of Idaho and lead our state into the future. With the numerous open seats on the ballot, the 2018 elections will have a generational impact.”

While today’s deadline to file declarations is critical, candidates may still face write-in opponents who have until April 17 to file their declarations.


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