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‘We welcome Raul to the race’

Here’s a link to my full story at spokesman.com on today’s developments in the 1st District congressional race, in which Rep. Raul Labrador formally entered the GOP primary race while Sen. Mike Jorgenson called on him to withdraw. Jorgenson, R-Hayden Lake, backs GOP rival Vaughn Ward, whose campaign issued a statement late today saying, in part, “We welcome Raul to the race and look forward to discussing the issues that are important to Idahoans and our differences on those issues, including illegal immigration.”

When Labrador made his announcement in Coeur d’Alene, he was introduced by Rep. Jim Clark, R-Hayden Lake, and supporters included Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, who was part of a gathering of about 20 backers at the Coeur d’Alene resort. Labrador said he’ll be campaigning in Coeur d’Alene for the next three days. A retired Boise physician, Allan Salzberg, also has said he’ll run in the GOP primary. Idaho’s primary election is May 25.


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

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