Perrine Bridge

The Perrine Bridge over the Snake River Canyon at Twin Falls.

Democratic Senate hopeful Nancy Harris only raised a couple thousand dollars during her late September fundraising pitch — not the desired $15,000 — so she won’t be BASE jumping off the Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls, she said, “much to the relief of my husband.”

“I did not meet my goal, I’ll just admit that,” Harris told the Idaho Press today. “I think most people, quite honestly, right now are just very invested in our local mayoral race and Ada County races that are going on.”

Harris is one of two Democrats — the other is Shelley farmer Travis Oler — who have announced bids for the Democratic nomination to challenge GOP Sen. Jim Risch in 2020. Risch has announced he’ll seek a third six-year Senate term; no other Republicans have announced plans to run.

“We must have people accountable,” Harris said. “We’re about ready to lose our democracy if people like myself don’t stand up and say, ‘Enough.’”

Harris had pledged to do a tandem BASE jump off the Twin Falls bridge over the Snake River Canyon if she raised $15,000 for her campaign between Sept. 18 and Sept. 30. BASE is an acronym for "Building, Antenna, Span, Earth," which are the four fixed structures from which one can BASE jump; jumpers wear parachutes that open as they descend.

The bridge is a popular site for BASE jumping. It’s the highest structure in the United States off of which one can legally BASE jump without a permit.

“I’m a woman who’s willing to take risks,” Harris said. You can read my full story here at idahopress.com (subscription required), or pick up Saturday's edition of the Idaho Press.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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