The Idaho Secretary of State’s office has posted near-complete unofficial election results now, with just one precinct of 955 missing. By the time you click on this link, that one may have been added too. The final results show Republicans expanding their lock on state government to include not only the entire congressional delegation, but every statewide elected position – Democrats had held the superintendent of schools post, but Republican businessman Tom Luna narrowly defeated Democrat Jana Jones to succeed retiring Democratic Superintendent Marilyn Howard. Democrats did pick up a half-dozen seats in the Legislature, though. Voters defeated both Proposition 1, on school funding, and Proposition 2, on regulatory takings, but passed the constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, domestic partnerships or civil unions; the advisory vote backing the increase in Idaho’s sales tax coupled with a cut in property taxes; and the move to constitutionally protect tobacco settlement money in a trust fund.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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