Latah County Voters Energized By First Ever Idaho GOP Caucus

Mar 6, 2012

Two campaign stops by GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul are being credited with energizing republican voters in the college town of Moscow, ID. They turned out in big numbers for the historic Idaho Republican Caucus.

Wherever you turned Tuesday night at the Moscow Junior High School Fieldhouse, there were instructions on how to take part in the caucus:

Caucus official: “You can register and you can affiliate tonight, and so, you just have to check in at the computer. We’ve got five or six of them up there and as soon as we’re allowed to start we’ll be doing it.”

All the instructions were needed because, as Latah County GOP Chair Walter Steed said, this had never happened before.

Many of those in attendance had gone to one or both of Ron Paul’s campaign stops in this north central Idaho college town. Caucus organizers said they were amazed at the turnout, and early on in the evening, as the voters filed in, organizers had run out of pencils and were fearful that the two thousand voting packets they’d printed wouldn’t be enough. They were, as Ron Paul pulled in just over 52% of the vote at this first ever Latah County Republican Caucus.

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