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Four file as write-ins for primary

Four candidates have filed as write-ins for the May 25 primary election in time for this week’s deadline, including one for governor and three for seats in the state House. If candidates don’t file as write-ins, then any write-in votes for them don’t count, no matter how many they get. The deadline to file was Tuesday. Here are the write-in candidates:

* Republican Fred Nichols of Nampa filed for governor.
* Democrat David Larsen of Coeur d’Alene filed for the District 5 House seat now held by Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, who is otherwise unopposed.
* Democrat Sheri Burke of Caldwell filed for the District 11 House seat now held by Rep. Carlos Bilbao, R-Emmett, who also has a Republican challenger in the primary and a Libertarian challenger in the general election.
* Republican David G. Bowen of Pocatello filed for the District 30 House seat held by Rep. Elaine Smith, D-Pocatello, who is otherwise unopposed.

Write-in candidates for statewide offices need at least 1,000 votes to become their party’s nominee, though in Nichols’ case, he’d also have to beat the other six GOP candidates already on the ballot, including incumbent Gov. Butch Otter. Write-ins for the Legislature who face no primary opponents needs just 50 voters to write their name in, to qualify as their party’s nominee for the general election.

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

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