In Run-Up to Idaho Democratic Caucuses, Sanders Attracts Thousands, Clinton Sends Surrogates 


Idaho Democrats are anxiously waiting for their moment in the national political spotlight, as their party's top candidates turn their attention to the Gem State.

On Friday, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders attracted thousands of supporters in Idaho Falls, the hometown of GOP mega-donor Frank VanderSloot, who has funneled millions of dollars through political action committees to fund scores of Republican campaigns. 

This morning's Idaho State Journal reports Sanders' supporters stood in line for up to four hours before being led into the auditorium at Skyline High School.

Introducing Sanders was Sierra Sandison, who made national headlines when, as Miss Idaho, she wore her insulin pump on stage during the 2014 Miss America competition. Sandison, diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, said she was particularly interested in Sanders' advocacy for a health care system that covers all Americans.

Sanders will return to the Gem State on Monday, March 21, when he's scheduled to appear at a rally at the Boise State University Taco Bell Arena. The rally is set to begin at 9 a.m. and attendees are being asked to RSVP by clicking this link.

Olympic gold medalist Michelle Kwan campaigned for Hillary Clinton in Boise on March 17. - JONATHAN REFF
  • Jonathan Reff
  • Olympic gold medalist Michelle Kwan campaigned for Hillary Clinton in Boise on March 17.
Meanwhile, the Hillary Clinton campaign dispatched one of the most decorated figure skaters in United States history to serve as an Idaho surrogate, when gold medalist Michelle Kwan visited Boise State on March 17.

"[Clinton] is ready to fight and be a champion for America," Kwan told Clinton supporters during her Boise visit. "Hillary said, 'We still need to break down the barriers than build more barriers that are holding Americans back.' And as president, that's what she'll do."

Meanwhile, Hillary for Idaho supporters announced Friday night they would be launching a series of canvas kickoffs and phone bank events across Idaho on Saturday, Sunday and continuing into Monday. 

No word from the Clinton campaign on whether the candidate will visit Idaho prior to next week's caucuses, but former President Bill Clinton was scheduled to campaign in Spokane, Wash., on Monday, March 21.

The Idaho Democratic presidential caucuses will take place Tuesday, March 22 in counties throughout the Gem State.
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