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BOISE -- Just days after Idaho Republicans walked away defeated from the conclusion of the GOP convention, party leaders say the event may have caused long-term consequences in winning future elections and attracting voters.

Idaho's GOP convention ended last week after failing to elect a new state party chairman or amend its party platform. It's the first time party delegates failed to accomplish anything in nearly 50 years.

Idaho political analyst Jim Weatherby says a lack of unity inside the Idaho Republican Party could result in fewer people willing to put in the critical volunteer hours needed to encourage people to vote.

Others argue that the political divisions could convince voters enough to stay home on Election Day in November.

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