Idaho’s still for Bernie

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders won Idaho’s Democratic caucus, capturing 18 of the 23 delegates at stake in March.

Earlier this month, Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton, leaving many of his supporters disappointed. After a conference call with his delegates, however, those from Idaho still have a lot of hope and support for their state’s candidate.

While regular delegates are locked into voting for their pledged candidate, Idaho superdelegates can vote for whomever they want regardless of how the state voted. Still, Sanders superdelegates from Idaho intend to stay loyal despite his endorsement of Clinton, said Idaho Democratic Party Executive Director Sally Boynton Brown.

The sentiment is the same among several Sanders delegates: They would stand behind him, and for the candidate Idaho Democrats voted for, no matter what.

“He’s certainly still my candidate,” Sanders delegate Chelsea Gaona-Lincoln, of Caldwell, told the Statesman. “He’s still Idaho’s candidate.”


Who’s attending from Idaho?

Sanders delegates: Yara Slaton (Boise), A.J. Konda (Coeur d’Alene), Chelsea Gaona-Lincoln (Caldwell), George Skandalos (Moscow), Miranda Gold (Eagle), Bill Parks (Moscow), Naomi Johnson (Boise), Justin Snyder (Boise), Brittany Ruland (Twin Falls), Caleb Hansen (Boise), Maria Alicia Garza (Boise), Jim Fletcher (Pocatello), Chrystal Allen (Boise), James Smart (Boise), Rick Tousley (Lewiston), Jordan Arellano (Boise), Bill Sifford (McCall), Cecile Perez (Idaho Falls). Alternates: Gini Ballou (Hailey) and Alonzo Statham (Boise).

Clinton delegates: Caitlin Lister (Meridian), Jesse Maldonado (Lewiston), Ilana Rubel (Boise), Dave Bieter (Boise), Holli Woodings (Boise). Alternate: Michael Armand (Boise).

Superdelegates, Sanders: Bert Marley (McCammon), Pete Gertonson (Waha). Clinton: Carolyn Boyce (Boise). Undeclared: Van Beechler (Caldwell).

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 Via Idaho Statesman