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Eye On Boise 2010 election archive

THURSDAY, OCT. 25, 2012

Democratic challenger Jimmy Farris, left, and GOP Congressman Raul Labrador, right, shake hands after a lively debate on live statewide TV on Thursday night. (Idaho Public Television / Kevin Rank)

Labrador, Farris face off in lively debate 

1st District GOP Congressman Raul Labrador and Democratic challenger Jimmy Farris faced off in a lively debate tonight on Idaho Public Television. Among the highlights: Labrador called for raising the retirement age for Social Security to 70 and cutting a third of the staff at...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 10, 2010

THURSDAY, NOV. 4, 2010

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 3, 2010


GOP tide sweeps out six-term lawmaker

The Republican sweep of Idaho's elections on Tuesday carried off one of North Idaho's longest-serving lawmakers, a Democrat who often voted with the Republicans and whose campaign slogan was "as independent as Idaho." Rep. Mary Lou Shepherd, D-Prichard, lost her bid for a seventh term...

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GOP congressman-elect Raul Labrador, center, applauds during a Republican rally on the state Capitol steps on Wednesday. At left is newly re-elected state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna; at right is Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. (Betsy Russell)

Victorious Republicans rally on state Capitol steps

Victorious Republican candidates gathered on the Statehouse steps for a rally today, where Idaho GOP Chairman Norm Semanko declared, "Last night was the biggest victory in the history of Idaho Republican politics." Newly elected 1st District GOP Congressman Raul Labrador said he can now remove...

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Rebelann Barfield, left, and her sister November, sit as their mother Khara casts her vote in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 in Star, Idaho. (AP Photo/Charlie Litchfield) (AP Photo / Charlie Litchfield)

Idaho voters OK four constitutional amendments 

All four constitutional amendments that were on the Idaho ballot passed, and passed fairly easily. SJR 101, allowing "tuition" at the University of Idaho (rather than just "fees"), passed with 64.1 percent of the vote. HJR 4, on hospital debt, got 63.5 percent; HJR 5...

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Labrador, Minnick comment on results 

Outgoing Congressman Walt Minnick issued a statement early this morning, saying, "It now appears that Raul Labrador will be the victor when all the votes are finally tallied. Therefore, early this morning I placed a call to Raul and wished him every success as Idaho’s...

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Raul Labrador, Republican candidate for Idaho's 1st congressional district, waves to the crowd at the Idaho Republican election night headquarters on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010 in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune / Charlie Litchfield)

Labrador wins, beats Minnick 

The Associated Press has called Idaho's 1st District congressional race in favor of GOP challenger Raul Labrador. The latest figures from the Idaho Secretary of State's office show that with 753 of 961 precincts reporting, Labrador had 50.2 percent to Minnick's 42 percent, with independent...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 2, 2010

Allred concedes in guv's race

Democratic candidate for governor Keith Allred has conceded to GOP Gov. Butch Otter in the governor's race. "I believe more strongly than ever in the Founding Fathers' wisdom that the best solutions are those that attract support across the lines that divide us," Allred said...

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Gov. Butch Otter talks with a reporter on election night in Boise. (AP Photo / Matt Cilley)

Latest results in guv's race

With vote-counting delays in Kootenai, Ada and Canyon counties, the election results have been very slow to come in tonight, prompting several major candidates to hold off on either declaring victory or conceding - including Gov. Butch Otter and Democratic challenger Keith Allred. Here are...

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Idaho Education Superintendent Tom Luna gives his victory speech at the Republican Party Election Headquarters held at a hotel in Boise, Idaho on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. (AP Photo / Matt Cilley)

AP declares Luna, Little, Ysursa winners

The AP has called three more Idaho races: Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, Lt. Gov. Brad Little, and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna all have won re-election, the AP says. The most high-profile race among those three was Luna's; he faced a...

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Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick talks about the race on Election Night in Boise (Betsy Russell)

Minnick: 'I expect it to be very close' 

Freshman Democratic Congressman Walt Minnick, the only Democrat among Idaho's congressional delegation, said tonight that he's not surprised he's in such a hard-fought re-election race. "It's the most Republican district to have elected a Democratic challenger in a Democratic year," he said of his election...

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Raul Labrador, Idaho GOP congressional hopeful, after learning he's leading in early returns (Betsy Russell)

Early numbers look good for Labrador

The early numbers looked very good for GOP congressional hopeful Raul Labrador - with 124 of 961 precincts reporting, Labrador had 50.7 percent of the vote to incumbent Congressman Walt Minnick's 42.6 percent, with independent Dave Olson trailing at 5.2 percent and Libertarian Mike Washburn...

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Democratic candidate for governor Keith Allred greets supporters on election night in Boise (Betsy Russell)

AP calls top races...

The Associated Press has called several of Idaho's top races - it's declared Sen. Mike Crapo a winner, winning a third term in the U.S. Senate; along with 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson, winning another term in the House; and the AP has declared Gov....

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Sunset in Boise on Tuesday signals a long night of vote-counting ahead (Betsy Russell)

Long night ahead... 

Check back here later for election results; for now, there's still an hour of voting left in southern Idaho and two hours in North Idaho. It could be a long night ahead. Among the factors threatening to make the vote-tallying take extra-long: Write-in candidates in...

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MONDAY, NOV. 1, 2010

One day left 'til the election...

Here's a link to my full story at spokesman.com from Saturday's paper on the outside ads being run against Democratic candidate for governor, Keith Allred, thanks to a big cash infusion to the Idaho Republican Party from the Republican Governors Association. And here's a link...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 29, 2010

Strong turnout predicted Tuesday

Looking ahead to Tuesday's election, Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa is predicting strong voter turnout for a non-presidential year election, with 63 to 64 percent of registered voters casting ballots, "which would be our highest non-presidential year turnout since '94." "Candidates and issues make...

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Party goes negative so Otter doesn't have to

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter likes to say he doesn't go negative - all his TV campaign ads are positive and are about him, not his opponent. But there have been plenty of negative ads airing targeting Otter's Democratic challenger, Keith Allred, thanks to a $400,000...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 28, 2010

Incumbent C.L. "Butch" Otter shakes hands with Democratic challenger Keith Allred after a debate conducted by Idaho Public Television at the Idaho Statehouse on Thursday October 28, 2010 in Boise, Idaho.  (AP Photo / Joe Jaszewski)

Otter faces rivals in final debate

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter defended his cuts to education and his track record as governor Thursday night, as he met four rivals in the final debate before Tuesday's election. "The choice had to be made, because there’s only two ways that you can balance the...

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Closing comments: Governor's debate

Among the comments in the candidates' closing statements: Ted Dunlap said, "I stand for smaller government in every aspect." Jana Kemp said, "Are you really willing to trust a person who's running as a Democrat and says he's not one? ... If neither of these...

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The back and forth...

When Gov. Butch Otter said some of the other candidates want to raise taxes, Keith Allred said Otter knows he doesn't want to raise taxes. Otter responded, "This is Obama-speak," and said Democrats want to say they're for cutting taxes but really want to raise...

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