Republicans call for unity after Idaho shakeup

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Associated Press

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Updated Thursday, May 22 at 1:04 PM

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — To win the Idaho Republican Party primary and secure his position as the favorite to retain the state's top job, Gov. Butch Otter had to overcome a challenge from the far right — and the far out — that had the state GOP calling for unity.

State Sen. Russ Fulcher came "surprisingly close" to defeating the two-term incumbent by courting conservative voters, says David Adler, director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University.

The election — which gained national attention from a debate that featured longshot candidates who discussed Armageddon and bigoted jokes — was one of several that showed deep the rifts in the state's Republican Party.

All but one of the five mainstream GOP legislative candidates endorsed by Otter lost to conservatives.

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