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banner Friday, 7 January, 2000, 17:49 GMT
Idaho

Key facts
Population: 1,189,251 (ranked 42 among states)
Governor: Dirk Kempthorne (R)
Electoral College votes: 4
Idaho is one of the most conservative states in the USA and the Republicans should have little trouble in retaining power.

Republican Bob Dole won all but four of Idaho's counties in the 1996 presidential election while Republicans control the state legislature by a large margin.

1998 Congress
House of Representatives: 2 Republicans
Senate: 2 Republicans
There are feelings of resentment towards the federal government, often seen as interfering. There has been anger at the government's efforts to reintroduce grizzly bears into the wild and strong criticism of its attempt to clear up the toxic waste at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory at Idaho Falls.

Idaho, a beautiful expansive state with clean air, is strong on traditional values. During the 1990s there was economic and population growth.

Voting record
1996: Dole 52%, Clinton 34%, Perot 13%
1992: Bush 42%, Clinton 28%, Perot 27%
1988: Bush 62%, Dukakis 36%
Its most famous product is still JR Simplot's potatoes, but these have been equalled in importance by Micron Technology and the Albertson supermarket chain.

Computer company Hewlett-Packard has also established itself in Idaho and has helped increase by 70% the number of jobs in high-tech businesses in the 1990s.

Entrepreneurs have been attracted to the state by its lax governmental regulation, another reason why Idaho is keen to keep out federal powers.

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