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Salzburg withdrawing from 1st CD primary race

Allan Salzburg, one of the five Republicans on the ballot for the 1st District congressional primary race, is withdrawing from the race and throwing his support to both Raul Labrador and Vaughn Ward, the two leading candidates in the primary contest. “Both Raul and Vaughn could do a good job, and they’re different,” said Salzburg, 70, a retired physician and rocket scientist who said he decided to end his campaign because “it was physically terribly demanding.”

Salzburg said he traveled to at least 10 GOP Lincoln Day events around the district in his campaign, and was impressed with both Labrador and Ward. “It was one of the most interesting things I have done in my life, and in many respects productive, I feel, even though I’m pulling out,” he said. “I am concentrating now on promotion of nuclear energy, which was one of my key points.” Others on the ballot in the GOP race are Harley Brown of Idaho City and Michael Chadwick of Post Falls; Democratic incumbent Walt Minnick is unopposed in the primary.

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

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