In the middle of the primary season, Idaho is making waves as a conservative stronghold, according to WalletHub's 2024 Electorate Representation Index. The analysis places Idaho as a standout state with an overall index of 81.10%, highlighting its alignment with political values that closely mirror the U.S. in 2024.

Idaho's performance across key categories is striking. The state with an 86.71% resemblance in sociodemographics, an 88.34% match in the economy, and an outstanding 91.63% similarity in education.

However, Idaho's uniqueness is evident in religion and public opinion, scoring 67.97% and 70.87%, respectively. These differences could be seen as a testament to the state's dedication to preserving traditional values even as the political landscape evolves.

Source: WalletHub

While Idaho might not grab the top spot in America, it challenges the conventional wisdom that states like Iowa and New Hampshire should dictate the primary order. WalletHub analyst Cassandra Happe emphasized the importance of representative states, stating, "Instead of basing the order on tradition or political favor, we should consider putting the most representative states first during the presidential primaries."

This recognition prompts a closer look at Idaho's conservative socio-economic landscape. Should Idaho play a more prominent role in the conservative primary process? With its strong resemblance to the broader U.S. conservative population, Idaho could offer a more accurate snapshot of the conservative electorate.

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