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Rammell: ‘Playing for the future’

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Rex Rammell, who’s staying home in Rexburg to watch the results tonight, told Eye on Boise, “I’m not expecting to win. I’ve been playing for the future for a while.” Rammell said he’ll likely run for office again, and figures he’ll have a boost in organization and name recognition from his run this year. “I really failed in the money department,” he said. “I wasn’t able to run any ads in the home stretch, and that’s really hurt me. But I think I did a pretty decent job of getting my name into the race, and I think there’s gonna be a lot more people know who I am and what I stand for, and it’ll set me up for the future.”

Rammell said he initially loaned his campaign $60,000, and then another $250,000 – but then he had to take the larger amount back. “I had borrowed money against my real estate projects in Jackson, and I got ‘em in trouble through this financial crisis, and I had to take the 250 back,” Rammell said. “And so I’ve run this race with less than $100,000.” He added, “When that happened, and the reality of it hit me that I wasn’t going to get any money from my real estate projects, I thought, ‘There’s no way I can win this race, but I can do the best I can and build a foundation for next time.’”

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

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