Biden Scores a Win in Idaho

He's selected as nominee in Democratic caucuses
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 24, 2024 12:00 AM CDT
Biden Scores a Win in Idaho
FILE - The Idaho state flag hangs in the State Capitol in Boise, Idaho, Jan. 9, 2023.   (AP Photo/Kyle Green, File)

Idaho Democrats on Thursday selected Joe Biden as their their nominee for the White House, giving the president more delegates after he already clinched his party's 2024 nomination, the AP reports. Biden won the state Democratic caucus with 95% of the vote in a low-turnout election with just over 2,400 votes cast. The win gives the president all 23 delegates at stake. The caucus was structured a bit differently than previous Democratic caucuses. Instead of listening to speeches and moving to various parts of the room to show their support for a candidate, voters were given ballots to fill out their choices.

Only registered Democrats and unaffiliated voters were allowed to participate. Unaffiliated voters first had to sign a pledge saying they are participating as Democrats and have not participated in any other presidential nomination contest this year. Voters who are 17 years old are allowed to caucus as long as they will turn 18 before the general election on Nov. 5. That is different from Idaho's Republican caucus, held earlier this year. The Republican caucus allowed only registered Republicans to vote, and they had to be at least 18 at the time of the caucus. Former President Donald Trump won all of Idaho's 32 GOP delegates at the March 2 event. Biden will face a steep hill to climb for Idaho's general election. The Republican presidential candidate has won the deep-red state in every election since 1968.

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