With the May 25 primary nearing, Idaho Republicans are preparing to pick their nominees, most of whom will have no opposition in November.
One of the county's most prominent mainstream legislators faces a primary challenge from the party's far right, and an incumbent GOP treasurer faces a challenger backed by most Canyon County GOP leaders.
There are Republican primaries in three of the six county races and five of the county’s 12 legislative seats. Of the eight who win those primaries, only three will face challengers in the general election.
No race has a Democratic primary, and the Democrats on the November ballot are regarded as long shots.
Three-term District 10 Sen. John McGee, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, faces ballot newcomer Greg Collett, whose website bio touts connections to the John Birch Society, the tea party and Ron Paul.
"This is a real bellwether to see how conservative this area is," said Jasper LiCalzi, chairman of the College of Idaho’s department of political economy. But he said Collett probably has little chance unless far-right supporters turn out in force and overall voter turnout is low.
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