Paulette Jordan at RES talks about her bid to be first American Indian governor. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert.#NativeVote18
Published August 16, 2018
BOISE, Idaho — Paulette Jordan (Coeur d’Alene), the Idaho Democratic party’s gubernatorial candidate, is gaining on her GOP opponent. According to a news release distributed this week from Clarity Campaign Labs, Jordan trails current Idaho Lieutenant Governor Brad Little eight percent. A previous poll done during July showed Little leading by 10 percent.
This is significant because Idaho is a highly Republican state. According the press release, Medicaid expansion is popular in Idaho and since .Jordan supports Medicaid expansion, the issue seems to be helping her close the gap in a state with 51.5 percent registered Republicans and only 11.5 percent Democrats.
The poll conducted last week of 826 likely Idaho voters showed 45 percent support for Medicaid expansion. Only 19 percent of those surveyed opposed Medicaid expansion with36 percent undecided on the issue.
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Jordan gets the support of some 64 percent of those who support Medicaid expansion.
Paulette Jordan being interviewed by Idaho televison station. PHoto courtesy of Nicole Willis
According the news release, Jordan has 41 percent support among independent voters, which make up about a third of the electorate. She also has the gender advantage. Jordan is supported by 47 percent of independent voting females to her opponent’s 20 percent. Among all women prospective voters, Jordan edges out Little 34 to 33 percent.
If elected, Jordan will become the first female American Indian in history.
Jordan grew up on a farm in northern Idaho. A proud member of the Coeur d’Alene tribe, she was raised to fight for the needs of her community and to protect our priceless natural resources. A University of Washington graduate, she moved back home to Idaho and became the youngest person elected to the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council. She then went on to work as a business development strategist and to serve as Finance Chair on the Executive Board of the National Indian Gaming Association.
The general election is November 6, 2018.