Gem State voters choose between Romney, Obama

Associated Press Modified: November 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm •  Published: November 6, 2012
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For Obama in 2012, Idaho never made the agenda for campaign visits.

Obama held a campaign rally in Boise in 2008 as he was trying to sew up the Democratic nomination, packing more than 16,000 people into Taco Bell Arena on the Boise State campus. But despite his popularity in so many other states in 2008, Obama won just 36.1 percent of the Idaho vote and topped Republican Sen. John McCain in just two counties — Blaine and Teton.

Romney, meanwhile, has made frequent visits to Idaho during the election cycle, mostly to attend fundraisers in cities like Boise, Ketchum and Idaho Falls. At a Sun Valley dinner in August, Romney got an official endorsement from Hollywood actor and director Clint Eastwood. About 325 people paid as much as $25,000 apiece to attend the event, held weeks before Eastwood's odd and rambling appearance at the Republican National Convention.