Idaho GOP elects new leader after months of political infighting

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho Republicans have concluded months of political infighting over who should control the party and have elected Steve Yates to be the new leader of the state's GOP.

The state's central committee, which serves as the party's governing body, is meeting Saturday in Boise to elect new party officers. The party has been without leadership ever since the state's chaotic GOP convention adjourned without electing any officers or passing any new platforms.

Yates is an Idaho Falls businessman and former aide to former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney.

Yates was voted in by a secret ballot. He ran against Mike Duff of Blackfoot and Doug Pickett of Oakley.

As of Saturday morning, Republicans still needed to elect four other party officers before adjourning.