Gem State voters choose between Romney, Obama

Associated Press Modified: November 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm •  Published: November 6, 2012

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho voters are getting ready to pick the next U.S. President, and if history is any guide, Gem State voters will side with Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

Idaho is among the reddest states in the nation, and its four electoral votes haven't been awarded to a Democratic presidential candidate since 1964.

Romney is a clear favorite for several reasons.

His candidacy has been championed by some of the state's GOP stalwarts, including Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, who served as Romney's state campaign chairman.

The former Massachusetts governor emerged as the winner in Idaho's first-ever Republican caucus held on Super Tuesday on March 6. Romney won big in the caucuses held in southern and eastern Idaho counties and a strong outpouring of support beat back a threat from Texas Congressman Ron Paul in the southwestern corner. By the end of the night, Romney had won 31 of the state's 44 counties. Romney is also member of The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints, a religion shared by a quarter of Idaho's population.

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