Idaho Democrats have traditionally held early caucuses in lieu of the state-funded primary in May. For the 2012 cycle, Idaho Republicans followed suit, abandoning the May presidential primary for a March caucus. With neither party utilizing the May primary as a means of allocating/binding delegates to the national conventions, the presidential primary option on the May ballot became unnecessary. That the Republican-controlled legislature is seemingly willing to eliminate the presidential primary signals something of a longer term commitment to the caucus process instead of a primary.
[NOTE: I'll try hard not to mention the fact that this would fly right in the face of supposed reforms. Oops.]
Hat tip to Richard Winger at Ballot Access News for passing the news along to FHQ.
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