by Andrew Crisp
More than 9,000 voters descended on Boise State's Taco Bell Arena for "Super Tuesday" on March 6, to participate in the Ada County Republican caucus.
But as the Associated Press reports, the price tag for the party came close to $35,000. The total tab for booking the huge space, holding an hourslong caucus and showcasing speakers for GOP candidates induced "sticker shock," according to the AP, among the GOP.
Party members criticized Boise State for the hefty bill, which former Idaho GOP State senator and Ada County GOP treasurer Darrel McRoberts said was originally estimated to be much lower.
Republicans were quoted a price of $10,000-$12,000, according to McRoberts, but that bill later climbed to $17,000. The GOP also asked Boise State why the bill for then-Sen. Barack Obama's 2008 appearance was only $12,959.
Boise State's Frank Zang told the AP the difference was the duration of the event—five hours in comparison to the GOP's 14—smaller equipment costs and different facility fee structures.
Now, party members believe a big single-site caucus won't be the right solution for 2016.