Candidate filing is underway in Idaho, and we''ll report on it periodically. But maybe not a lot, because - although this is only Day 2 and the filing period has been expanded from one week to two - most candidates appear to have filed already.
How many of them? Certainly not all. Several expected (virtually certain) candidates in both parties for Congress and governor have not appeared yet, and nor have any for a number of legislative districts. But a lot of the expected names already are in place.
What's most noticable in these early filings is the relative paucity of Democrats. As of the current posting (when this was written), for all the offices on the congressional and statewide level, just three have filed so far (just one, Dan Romero for lieutenant governor, among the statewides). And just six among legislative candidates statewide - compared with 53 Republicans.
To what extent will Democrats be able to turn those numbers around? That will be one of the significant questions in Idaho politics in the days ahead.