Both U.S. Senate candidate Larry LaRocco and 1st District Congressional candidate Walt Minnick planned press conferences today, presumably to outline their plans for the general election campaign. I'll update this post with news from both men later today. Meanwhile, check out the Senate Guru's take on why this year's Senate race won't be a re-run of the 2006 lieutenant governor campaign.
Update 3:45 p.m.: Walt Minnick today invited Bill Sali to join him in a series of 10 town hall meetings up and down the district. "Bill Sali and I may disagree on many issues, but I hope he agrees with the belief that voters deserve every opportunity to share their concerns and hear from the candidates," he said. "Yesterday's election results clearly show that voters need to know more about where Bill Sali stands on the critical issues facing Idaho voters. As candidates, it is our obligation to get out in front of the people who need representation and hear their concerns. Today I am inviting Bill Sali to do that with me, to show the spirit of bipartisanship that is so absent from Washington, D.C. politics today."
The LaRocco campaign also met the media today to review his victory from last night and distribute a fact sheet listing Jim Risch's recent glut of campaign missteps. In other words, neither of the state's most high-profile Democratic candidates wasted any time in launching assertive strategies for the general election effort. As Idaho Democratic Party chair Keith Roark reiterated last night, 2008 may not go down as the year Democrats reclaimed Idaho, but it will be the year when a good start is made in that direction.