Despite a late election night, there were few surprises in Idaho as Republicans carried all of the federal and Constitutional races, and Idaho continues to contend with Wyoming and Utah as the reddest states in the Union. As predicted, Senator Risch, Congressman Labrador and Congressman Simpson were all reelected by large margins, each winning over 60 percent of the vote. The Constitutional races were a bit more competitive, with Governor Otter winning reelection with over 53 percent of the vote, Lawerence Denney winning the race for Secretary of State by receiving 56 percent of the vote, and the rest of Idaho’s statewide incumbents winning by comfortable margins of at least 20 percentage points or more.
Colorado’s status as a swing state and political trendsetter made races this cycle some of the most expensive and closely followed across the country. The U.S. Senate race was the nation’s second most expensive with over $95 million spent. Both the U.S. Senate and Governor’s races were tied in polls until Election Day. Uncertainty surrounded polling numbers due to past inaccuracies over the last few cycles and because this was the state’s first all-mail-in election, making it only the third state to move in this direction.