US Senator Mike Crapo

Senator Mike Crapo visits with students Thursday at Lincoln Elementary School in Twin Falls.

TWIN FALLS — One of Idaho’s U.S. senators is backing Brad Little in the Republican primary for governor, while the other doesn’t plan to back anyone.

U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, told reporters after an event in Boise Thursday he supports Little, the current lieutenant governor, in the race for the GOP nomination to succeed C.L. “Butch” Otter, according to Boise Weekly. U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, also R-Idaho, said a couple of hours later he won’t endorse anyone. He told the Times-News he doesn’t usually endorse in Republican primaries and doesn’t plan to this time either.

“I’m just following my general practice of ... not interfering in Republican Party primaries,” he said.

Otter isn’t running for another term and Little, current U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, and Treasure Valley doctor and developer Tommy Ahlquist are all running for the nomination. The primary is in May 2018.

So far, Little has the backing of the majority of current and former Idaho Republican politicians who have made their preferences known, although Labrador also has a fair amount of support from the further-right wing of the state GOP’s legislative caucus.

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