Despite some confusion over a weekend meeting in which the future of the presidential caucus was discussed, Idaho Republican Party officials say the system established in 2012 is here to stay.
An Idaho State Journal story in Sunday’s edition reported that the caucus had been eliminated during the Republican State Central Committee meeting in Boise, but officials say that is not the case. Although the Rules Committee and the Resolutions Committee both heard proposals aimed at ending the caucus in Idaho, both were defeated, said Ronald Nate, chair of the Idaho GOP Rules Committee.
Still, there may have been some confusion surrounding the votes.
Nate said the proposal that failed before the Resolutions Committee, but still had enough support to move on to the State Central Committee, required a “yes” vote to oppose the caucus and a “no” vote to support it.
“A motion was made to approve the resolution despite the committee's rejection, but that motion also failed. (The vote was 64 in favor, 90 against.),” Nate said, adding that that particular resolution wouldn’t have been binding even if it had passed.
The Journal story was based on information provided by Dan Cravens, the Bingham County Republican Party chairman, who was at the meeting. Although Cravens agrees there was some confusion regarding the votes, he said he’d also had a busy day and wasn’t following the proposals having to do with the caucus as closely as he was others.
“I don’t think I communicated the facts very well to the paper,” Cravens said.
Still, he said there are quite a few people opposed to the caucus, and he wouldn’t be surprised if the issue comes up again in the future.
But Nate, who said the Idaho GOP is already excited about the 2016 Republican Presidential Nomination Caucus, believes the system will continue as is.
“I emphasize, the Idaho Republican caucus is here to stay as reaffirmed by the committee on Saturday,” he said. “We look forward to Idaho Republicans having another opportunity to strongly exercise their voice in the presidential nomination process.”