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Horton wins by 285 votes

When all the votes were finally counted, Idaho Supreme Court Justice Joel Horton held his seat by just 285 votes. In unofficial final results, Horton had 74,665 votes to challenger Judge John Bradbury’s 74,380. Horton told the AP, “I’m pleased though I’d hoped it wouldn’t be this close, obviously.” Bradbury, who campaigned on a judicial reform platform, said, “I hope it’s a wake up call for some officials.”

In other final, unofficial results from last night’s election, Ron Paul got 24 percent against John McCain’s 70 percent in the GOP presidential primary; Larry LaRocco defeated opponent David Archuleta 72 percent to 28 percent to become the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Larry Craig; Jim Risch took 65 percent on the GOP side of that contest, with Scott Syme trailing at 13 percent, Richard Phenneger at 5 percent and the other challengers with smaller figures; U.S. Rep. Bill Sali defeated GOP primary challenger Matt Salisbury 60 percent to 40 percent; and Debbie Holmes defeated David Sneddon 70 percent to 30 percent in the 2nd District Democratic primary for Congress, while incumbent Rep. Mike Simpson took 85 percent against two challengers in the GOP primary.

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