Idaho GOP Will Jump Super Tuesday Gun With Primary One Week Earlier 

The Idaho Republican Party can’t wait for its moment in the national spotlight—so much so, that it is taking the unprecedented move of shifting its 2016 GOP Presidential Party to Tuesday, March 8, a full week before Republican presidential hopeful participate in Super Tuesday, March 15, when a cluster of other states will put their delegates to the GOP Convention up for grabs.

Idaho Republican officials are ecstatic over their move, which they told Idaho Secretary of State Lawrence Denney about earlier this week. They added that early and absentee voting in the March 8 Idaho presidential primary would be made available.

This format would be dramatically different from the Idaho GOP’s previous caucuses, which required voters to be physically present at one of a number of locations. In the Treasure Valley, Republicans jammed the Taco Bell Arena to participate in one 2012’s largest presidential caucuses in the nation.

“It’s a great time to be a Republican,” said Idaho GOP Chairman Steve Yates. “This move will give Idaho greater influence in the presidential election process and allow more Idahoans to participate.”

Yates said the move was made to increase participation, “especially our military, first responders, and Idaho families.”

Idaho continues to hold a closed primary system, meaning only registered Republicans may participate in the GOP primary.

Meanwhile, presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul has announced he'll be visiting the Treasure Valley later this month: a Thursday, Aug. 27, visit to the Boise State University Student Union at 11:30 a.m., and a separate rally at the Nampa Civic Center later that day at 2:45 p.m. The visit will be part of an Idaho barnstorm where Paul will visit the the state's panhandle on Wednesday, Aug. 26, and eastern Idaho on Friday, Aug. 28.
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