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Comments from the candidates

Here’s what some of the unsuccessful candidates for the 1st District congressional seat had to say last night as the results came in:

Robert Vasquez, Canyon County commissioner: “Certainly regardless of the numbers, I was able to get my message out.” Residents of the 1st District, he said, are now “fully aware of the invasion by illegal aliens and the cost that it’s incurring on the citizens of Idaho.”

State Controller Keith Johnson, who was still hoping for a turnaround in the numbers to allow him to pull ahead, said he was hoping for “a very clean campaign (in the fall) – we can really focus on issues and substance and hopefully move away from some of the negative campaigning we saw in the Republican primary.”

Former state Sen. Sheila Sorensen, who was targeted with attack ads and fliers by two out-of-state groups backing Sali: “I think negative campaigning hurts everybody. … I think it’s a good strong effort that we have made. Tonight we’ll see at the end of the day how much negative campaigning works or doesn’t work.”


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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