Governor Little ‘Not DeSantis Enough’ for Idaho Conservatives

A primary challenge to Gov. Brad Little, R-Idaho, by his own lieutenant governor shows the Republican Party’s in-state split and symbolizes the national GOP’s quandary.

Little, a moderate, is being challenged by Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, a conservative who has centered her campaign around coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

McGeachin, a strong supporter of former President Donald Trump, took advantage of Little temporarily being out of state to issue a short-lived statewide order banning local governments from enforcing COVID-prevention mask mandates. The action drew comparisons to those of  Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., the first governor to essentially ban local municipalities from implementing mask mandates.

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