GOP leaders pick sides in Idaho

Republican leadership is lining up behind Iraq veteran Vaughn Ward in the race against Rep. Walt Minnick (D-Idaho).

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Chief Deputy Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) and Deputy NRCC Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) will all headline a fundraiser for Ward on Dec. 8 in Washington.

With state Rep. Raul Labrador's recent entry into the primary and the looming prospect of former Rep. Bill Sali (R-Idaho) getting in, Republican leaders are asserting their preference in the primary.

In addition to the five mentioned, nine other members of Congress are also listed on the invitation. They include the state's other congressman, Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), as well as Reps. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) and Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.).

The price tag for hosts is $1,000 per PAC and $500 for individuals. To attend is $500 per PAC and $250 per person.