Native American woman wins Democratic primary for Idaho governor's race

  • Native American woman wins Democratic primary for Idaho governor's race

Native American woman wins Democratic primary for Idaho governor's race

Paulette Jordan is the predicted victor in the Democratic gubernatorial primary election race.

Little comes from a long-time Idaho ranching family in southern Idaho, and served in the Idaho Senate for about eight years before getting appointed lieutenant governor in 2009, where he's served alongside current Republican Gov. C.L.

She is the first woman to become the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Idaho. "Butch" Otter announced he wouldn't seek a fourth term.

Jordan, a member of the Couer d'Alene tribe who served in the Idaho House of Representatives for more than three years, defeated A.J. Balukoff, the Democratic nominee in 2014.

If she retains the majority and wins the November elections, Jordan will rise to become the first female governor of Idaho, and the first ever Native American governor of the country.

The last Native American to hold a statewide office in Idaho was in 1990, when Larry Echo Hawk ran as a Democrat for attorney general. Eastern, with Jordan leading her Democratic opponent by around 20 percentage points. The primary has energized so many voters around the state and we sincerely hope that momentum carries into the general election. Balukoff, a moderate who contributed to Mitt Romney's 2008 and 2012 campaigns, ran as a pro-business candidate, while Jordan focused on populist issues, calling out state Republicans for their ties to big business interests.