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What to Watch for in Oregon, Nebraska and Idaho Voting Contests

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Voters will go to the polls in Idaho, Nebraska and Oregon on Tuesday.

Oregon and Nebraska both host their presidential primary contests, though those races have ceased to get any significant levels of attention now that the GOP race is all but decided. 

Idaho holds its state and congressional primary, the first closed primary in the state’s history.

Here’s a list of four things to watch for Tuesday night:

Nebraska Senate Primary

The Nebraska Senate race will be a key race for Republicans and Democrats in the fall.  Republicans view the state as one of their best chances to pick up a seat from Democrats, particularly since the retirement announcement of Nebraska’s Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson.

Republican and Democratic voters in Nebraska will both select their nominees for the race on Tuesday.  On the Democratic side, Bob Kerrey, the former governor and senator for the state, is considered the likely nominee.  The Republican race is more fluid.

There are three candidates in the Republican race: Jon Bruning, the state’s attorney general, Deb Fischer, a state senator, and state treasurer Don Stenberg.  Bruning, 43, has long been considered the favorite, but heading into the primary he faces a late in the game surge from Fischer, 61.


Strong turnout is sometimes interpreted as a sign of enthusiasm, as was the case in Wisconsin’s primary for their recall election last week.  Republicans were heartened by the strong turnout for Gov. Scott Walker, despite the fact that he was already the presumed candidate (after all, he is the one being recalled).

In Nebraska, turnout will be driven at least to some degree by the senate primary.  Nevertheless, strong turnout for either side in Nebraska and Oregon will likely be interpreted as a sign of enthusiasm about the general election in those states.


At stake in Tuesday’s contest are 63 delegates, though the 35 delegates in Nebraska will not actually be awarded until July, as Tuesday’s primary is a beauty contest.  Mitt Romney has 973 delegates, according to ABC News calculations, a little less than 200 delegates shy of the 1,144 he needs to win his party’s nomination.

It is mathematically impossible for Romney to hit 1,144 on Tuesday night.  The earliest that can happen is May 29, when Texas holds its primary.

The Surprise Factor

Last week, the primary development that had everyone talking was the surprisingly strong performance of federal inmate Keith Judd in the Democratic presidential primary in West Virginia.  Though it was well known that President Obama is not exactly popular in the Mountain State, the 40 percent of the vote Judd received still took observers by surprise.

There are no prison inmates on the ballot in Oregon or Nebraska’s Democratic primaries, but a surprise factor like a strong performance by “uncommitted” against Obama in Nebraska, or a big turnout in either party’s primaries in Oregon, could still emerge.

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Romney to Big Idaho Crowd: ‘Just Go Out and Vote’

Bill Pugliano/Getty Images(IDAHO FALLS, Idaho) -- Drawing one of his biggest crowds to date, Mitt Romney spoke to pulsating crowds packed into every corner of an Idaho high school.

Romney touted his patriotism, while seeming to be in awe of the vast numbers of people who came to hear him speak. He urged the throngs of voters to cast their ballots in his favor on Super Tuesday.

“You seem to be more than slightly inclined to support my candidacy, is that right?” an energized Romney asked the crowd of more than 2,000 in one of the school’s gymnasiums. “The Grizzlies basketball games must be something in here. I’ll tell ya, that kind of cheering is exciting.”

“I am extraordinarily moved and humbled by your support. I understand there is another room that I am about to go to,” said Romney. “They couldn’t fit everybody in here and there are a thousand people across the hall. So I am going to go over there and say ‘hi’ to those guys too.”

“I want you to know that I don’t need a lot. I just need you to go out and vote,” said Romney. "I want to make sure we win, we win solidly in Idaho, that I get the delegates I need to go on and win the nomination. Will you do that for me?”

It was Romney’s second trip to Idaho in the past two weeks, both visits garnering enthusiastic crowds for Romney, who focused primarily on distinguishing himself from President Obama.  Apart from the thousands that filled the two gymnasiums at the school, a line of hundreds more supporters snaked around the outside of the school.

Idaho Falls is home to one of the largest Mormon populations in the nation.

“We’re people that are patriotic, who are willing to serve one another, who, when called upon to make the sacrifice for America, will do it. Now, what we need in leadership is individuals who will tell the truth and will live with integrity. I will not embarrass you in the White House,” Romney said.

“When I am in the White house,” Romney promised, “if I make that final cut, if I am in the White House I will make my job getting good jobs for you. Helping the American people, using every ounce of my experience and my passion for this country to get America working again with rising incomes and a bright future.”

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Idaho Teachers Union Plans Referendum of Collective Bargaining Bill

Creatas Images/Thinkstock(BOISE, Idaho) -- The Idaho teacher's union announced that it may urge voters to overturn the newly-passed laws limiting collective bargaining rights.

As a last resort, the union is planning on gathering enough signatures to repeal two bills, both of which were signed Thursday by Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter. The measures eliminate issues like class size from collective bargaining between schools and the Idaho Education Association.

The state teacher's union said the referendum would be included in 2012 elections.

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