Democrats: Oh, Crapo!
Candidate filing closed Friday in Idaho, and the result proved an embarrassment to the Democratic Party. For the first time in state history, the Democrats failed to file a candidate for US Senate. In fact, Senator Mike Crapo (R) appeared to win re-election without opposition when no one — not even a third party candidate — filed to oppose him. Former State Senator John Peavey (D) was going to oppose Crapo, but changed his mind at the last minute. When that happened, a Democratic Party aide rushed to the Capitol and tried to file US Senate paperwork for a replacement candidate — but she literally arrived less than a minute too late for the 5:00 pm deadline. Crapo could still draw an opponent on the November ballot if a candidate files as a write-in with the Secretary of State by May 11 and then gets 1,000 write-in votes in the primary election. Democrats also failed to field candidates in 60 of the 105 state legislative races on the ballot. Idaho is a reliably Republican state, but this Dem performance was dismal by any standard.
Very odd, indeed. Still, Crapo was a shoe-in for reelection, so it’s not as if this will change the balance of power in the Senate.