Idaho voters who selected a new governor for the first time since 2006 faced the choice between a female democrat with promising powerful changes and a male republican who largely promised Gov. Butch Otter to continue.
Conservative Idaho once again elected the Republican as his governor on Tuesday night. Lt. Gov. Brad Little beat Paulette Jordan with what has become an expected margin in state governmental races: Jordan, with all districts counted, had 38.2 percent of the vote on the 59.8 percent of Little.
"Twenty-four years ago, Phil Batt broke a 24-year-old democratic cycle that controlled the governor's office," said Little during his victory speech Tuesday night for a crowded hall of cheering supporters at the Riverside Hotel in Garden City. "This is the 24th anniversary of that, and Idaho is still a very red state."
Little foreshadowed the focus of his tenure and called himself "a constitutional conservative who strongly believes in the 10th Amendment", which restricts federal power.
"I am looking forward to working with President Trump while continuing to allow Idahoans to be in charge of their own destiny," he said. "Idaho has been reasonably successful, but we have more work to do to take back the authority that the federal government has taken over the years, whether it is education, transportation, healthcare, public land management and all areas of regulations. "