Walt MinnickTimothy Egan

A rookie Democratic congressman named Walt Minnick is leading the polls in Idaho’s First Congressional District race. Minnick’s unlikely success in leading a district rated the third most Republican in the nation is because he reflects the Republican view that the government should not tell people how to live their personal lives. Egan looks at the mix of political convictions Minnick has and says this was typical of what used to be called the Western independent, governing from the middle, and, as Minnick says, pragmatic and moderate.

Egan blogs for The New York Times on American politics and life as seen from the West.

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