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Six sitting lawmakers lose in primary

Here’s a link to the final, unofficial statewide results from the Secretary of State for yesterday’s primary election. Of interest: Six legislative incumbents lost to their challengers in the GOP primary: Sen. Mike Jorgenson, R-Hayden Lake; Sen. Lee Heinrich, R-Cascade; Rep. Steve Kren, R-Nampa; Rep. Rich Jarvis, R-Meridian, who lost to the man he replaced, former Rep. John Vander Woude; Sen. Charles Coiner, R-Twin Falls; and longtime Sen. Gary Schroeder, R-Moscow, the chairman of the Senate Resources Committee who was defeated by Tea Party candidate Gresham Dale Bouma.

Vito Barbieri won the open seat in District 3 created by the retirement of Rep. Jim Clark, R-Hayden Lake; Barbieri was recruited to run by District 3 Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol; no Democrat has filed for the seat. Reed DeMordaunt won a three-way GOP primary for Raul Labrador’s former seat in Eagle and will face Democrat Steve Berch in November; former Rep. Julie Ellsworth won the GOP primary for Branden Durst’s former District 18 House seat and will face Democrat Janie Ward-Engelking in November; Cherie Buckner-Webb easily won the Democratic primary for the District 19 House seat being vacated by Rep. Anne Pasley-Stuart’s retirement, and will face Republican Jim Morland in the fall; and Linden Bateman defeated Dane Watkins by a 2-1 margin in the GOP primary for Rep. Russ Mathews’ former House seat; Bateman will face Democrat John McGimpsey in November.

Also, Sen. Shirley McKague held her seat against a challenge from Mike Vuittonet, chairman of the Meridian School Board - McKague got 60 percent to Vuittonet’s 39.9 percent - and Michelle Stennett took a whopping 87.4 percent of the vote in her race against two others in the Democratic primary for her husband Clint Stennett’s former Senate seat; she’ll face Republican Jim Donoval in November.

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

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