Two Idaho Democrats Hope to Unseat House Republicans
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two politically experienced Democrats are hoping to oust Idaho's U.S. House Republicans come Tuesday, but both face an uphill battle. Longtime state Rep. Shirley Ringo is up against two-term Congressman Raul Labrador in Idaho's 1st Congressional District. Congressman Mike Simpson is seeking a ninth term running against Democratic challenger Richard Stallings, who held Idaho's 2nd Congressional District seat from 1985 to 1993. Yet despite the Democratic candidates' years of experience, Idaho's House incumbents have a stronghold in their districts.
Labrador is a tea party favorite whose district contains some of the state's most conservative regions. Meanwhile, Simpson remains favorable among conservative and moderate voters. The incumbents have also raised more campaign funds, giving them an advantage as election day nears.