by Andrew Crisp
"Romney's Faith May Help in Idaho, Where He Doesn't Need It." That's the headline of a Sept. 30 article from The New York Times, which looked deeper into the election as it pertains to the Gem State.
In a state-by-state analysis of the 2012 presidential election, the Times spoke with Boise's David Adler, director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University.
"Idaho has been a dark, grim landscape politically for Democrats for some time," Adler told the Times. That data shows Romney will surely take the Gem State's popular and Electoral College votes.
Republican Mitt Romney's membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps him in this conservative state, according to Adler.
Idaho remains a strong fundraising platform for the Romney campaign, and his campaign tapped Idaho Falls businessman Frank VanderSloot as national finance co-chair.
As of May 30, Idaho's Romney contributions outpaced donations to President Barack Obama 4 to 1 in this state. Romney held a fundraising luncheon and public appearance in February. Additionally, Romney's wife, Ann, recently held a fundraiser in Meridian that netted the campaign $500,000.
Idaho's population includes a large contingency of LDS members, and though Romney's faith has helped him politically in this state, the Times notes that Idaho is a state that tends to vote Republican anyway.