Idaho's Crapo Has Big Cash, Recognition Advantage

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BOISE, Idaho — In Tuesday's primary, U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo has a huge advantage in name recognition, cash and political experience over his Republican rival, Claude "Skip" Davis.

Davis is a Weiser resident and U.S. Army veteran who moved to Idaho in 1977.

But the Federal Election Commission doesn't show any records of Davis' fundraising.

Meanwhile, Crapo, a Harvard University-educated lawyer from Idaho Falls first elected in 1998, has $2.8 million in his coffers. [See who is giving money to Crapo's campaign.]

Crapo, who worked to create the 517,000-acre Owyhee wilderness, had no 2004 primary foe and secured nearly 100 percent of the general-election vote that year.

Two Democrats are on Tuesday's ballot: P. Tom Sullivan, a newspaper owner from Tetonia in eastern Idaho, and William Bryk, a New York lawyer who concedes he's never actually been to Idaho.