- Harrison Berry
When Hillary Clinton opted not to show up in Idaho prior to Tuesday night's Democratic Presidential Caucuses held throughout the Gem State, it turns out she was shunning the nearly 24,000 Idaho Democrats who showed up to demonstrate their presidential preference. As a result, Sen. Bernie Sanders swamped Clinton Tuesday night:18.640 to 5,065.
It was past midnight when most results had been tallied and many caucus attendees, including those in the packed-to-the-rafters CenturyLink Arena in Boise, had to spend their entire Tuesday evening at the events. In fact, national media repeatedly showed live video of the mile-long line of Democrats outside of the Boise arena prior to the caucus. By 9 p.m., the Boise caucus had been tagged as the largest caucus in the U.S. (most states conduct caucuses at precinct levels) The Boise proceedings, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., didn't get underway until 9 p.m., and the first Boise ballot results weren't counted until 11:30 p.m.
Long lines were also reported outside of Sage Valley Middle School in Nampa, the site of the Canyon County Democratic caucus, as well as caucuses across the state Tuesday night. But Idaho Democratic party officials insisted there were no delays at caucuses other than the Ada County event in Boise.
Most attributed Sanders' triumphant Idaho results Tuesday night to the Vermont Senator's March 21 appearance in Boise, where he attracted nearly 7,000 people at Boise State's Taco Bell Arena.
In southern Idaho, Sanders again defeated Clinton, 552 to 201 at the Twin Falls County Democratic Caucus at the College of Southern Idaho.
In north central Idaho, this morning's Lewiston Tribune printed the headline, "Berning Down the House," reporting that Sanders claimed 383 ballots compared to Clinton's 155 at the Nez Perce County Democratic Caucus.
And in Idaho's panhandle, Sanders came out on top with a total of 1,561 votes compared to Clinton's 493 at the Kootenai County Democratic Caucuses