Ward was the establishment candidate in the race, with a large fund-raising advantage and the strong backing of Washington Republicans. He was one of the first NRCC "Young Guns" recruits. His campaign, though, suffered from a series of bizarre stumbles, including appearing at a debate to be unsure of the legal status of Puerto Rico. Labrador was the insurgent. He received the endorsement of the local Tea Party in Boise and campaigned as a strong conservative.
Labrador is also a man with some interesting views. According to the Tea Party survey he filled out, Labrador believes the following:
- We should return our currency to the gold standard.
- We should repeal the 17th Amendment, which would take away people's right to directly elect their United States senators.
- We should withdraw the United States from the United Nations.
The NRCC failed to get its chosen candidate nominated in a crucial district. Minnick might benefit from Labrador’s upset victory, depicting him as outside the mainstream.