See cool new Idaho legislative district data from Romney-Obama race

Idaho was Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s 4th-best state, so it should be no surprise that Romney carried 31 of 35 of Idaho’s legislative districts. But new data posted Monday on the Daily Kos Elections Live Digest is fun to look at.

Romney’s best showing was in District 34, home to Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg. Romney carried 92 percent of the vote to President Obama’s 7 percent in the district including all of Madison County and a slice of Bonneville.

Second-best was District 35 (Butte, Clark, Fremont and Jefferson), where Romney’s margin was 85 percent to Obama’s 13 percent. Running third was GOP House Speaker Scott Bedke of Oakley’s District 27 (Cassia and Minidoka) at 82-16. Fourth was District 32 (Bear Lake, Bonneville, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida and Teton), 81-17. Fifth, District 30 (Bonneville), 79-19.

The four districts Obama won were all in Ada County: District 19 (Boise’s North and East Ends), where Obama won 62 percent to 34 percent; District 17 (Boise Bench), 55-40; District 16 (Northwest Boise and Garden City), 51-45; and District 18 (Southeast Boise), 51-46.

Here’s a link to see the Idaho spreadsheet.

Romney’s top state was Utah, where he carried 72.8 percent of the vote, followed by Wyoming at 68.6 percent, Oklahoma at 66.8 percent and Idaho at 64.5 percent.

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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