Dear Fellow Idaho Republican:
What a great election for Idaho Republicans and the principles we stand for!
A short recap of the major goals from our State Victory Plan, all of which were met:
1. Retention of all 7 (100%) of the Constitutional Offices, with larger margins of victory than 2006 (the smallest margin of victory was 20 points!);
2. Regain the First Congressional District seat (Labrador won by 10 points!) and retain the U.S. Senate and Second Congressional District seats; and
3. Increase our majority in the State Legislature (result: increased from 80/105 to 85/105).
In short, these were the greatest election results in the history of the Idaho Republican Party. While a political wave swept across America, a tsunami hit here in Idaho!
I just wanted to take a moment to thank each of you -- and all of the hard working Republicans in your area -- for your dedication during this election; a big thank you to our hard working staff, as well.
Your leadership helped to deliver overwhelming victories for Governor Otter and the rest of our Constitutional Officers, several pickups in the State Legislature and county races, and regain the First Congressional District seat with Rep. Raul Labrador, while securing huge margins for Senator Crapo and Congressman Simpson -- and it didn't go unnoticed.
We have received numerous compliments for the work of the State Party during this election. The credit belongs to you, the rest of our State, County and Legislative District Central Committees, and to all Republicans and other conservatives at the grassroots level throughout Idaho: Republican Women, Young Republicans, College Republicans, Pachyderms, Tea Party patriots, etc., etc. I hope you will join me in thanking them personally, as well.
I look forward to continuing our work together to ensure that Idaho remains the reddest of red States.
But for now, let's all get some well-deserved rest. . .
Thanks again for a job well done and for being part of political history and helping to reclaim America.
Norm Semanko, Chairman
Idaho Republican Party