Idaho Loves a Hypothetical Politician 

We all know that generics are sometimes the way to go, be it prescription drugs or store-brand cereal. Apparently, it holds true in politics, too.

According to a poll released last week by Larry LaRocco's campaign, Idaho voters are open to the idea of voting for a generic Democrat over a generic Republican in a hypothetical U.S. Senate race.

It's a good thing we're only talking hypotheticals here.

LaRocco is the only Democrat who has officially announced his candidacy for Sen. Larry Craig's Senate seat. His leading competition for the office is Idaho Lt. Gov. Jim Risch, who has already been officially endorsed by the leaders of the Idaho Republican Party.

While Risch may seem like a political juggernaut in a red state like Idaho, LaRocco's camp says the Republican may not be as strong as he is believed to be. According to the poll conducted by Andrew Myers of Myers Research and Strategic Services, and analyzed by Celinda Lake and Joshua Ulibarri of Lake Research Partners, voters may not be as strongly in Risch's corner as he hopes.

Of course, that hypothesis won't be put to the test until next November.

In other political news, Larry Grant, who is running for the state's First Congressional District seat, picked up an endorsement from the United Transportation Union, which represents 125,000 active and retired workers in railroad, bus and mass-transit industries across the country.

Grant is in a three-way race for the Democratic nomination with seasoned politician Walt Minnick and North Idaho businessman Rand Lewis. The seat is currently held by Rep. Bill Sali, who is seeking the Republican Party nomination against Canyon County resident Matt Salisbury.

"The endorsement of the UTU is very important to me and my campaign as we gear up for the upcoming primary," Grant said in a written statement. "Early support like this shows that they have taken a hard look at the candidates, both Republican and Democratic, examined their records, and made their choice public."

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