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Five legislative incumbents lose in primary

Incumbent Idaho legislators who lost their seats in yesterday’s primary election were Rep. Diana Thomas, R-Weiser, an Otter appointee who lost to Judy Boyle; Rep. Curtis Bowers, R-Caldwell, another Otter appointee who lost to Pat Takasugi; Sen. Stan Bastian, R-Eagle, who lost to Chuck Winder; Rep. Mark Snodgrass, R-Meridian, who gave up his House seat to challenge Sen. Shirley McKague, R-Meridian, but lost 53 percent to 47 percent; and Rep. John Vander Woude, R-Nampa, who lost to Rich Jarvis. Former state Rep. Julie Ellsworth defeated Gail Hartnett for a shot at challenging Democratic Rep. Branden Durst; Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, easily fought off a challenge from former Coeur d’Alene school Superintendent David Rawls 70 percent to 30 percent; Rep. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett, held his seat with 38 percent of the vote against challengers Gary Bauer and Matt Beebe, who each received 31 percent, and Thayn will face Democrat Bob Solomon in November; and Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, survived a four-way primary to hold his seat with 44 percent of the vote.

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