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Labrador: Ward has served honorably

Vaughn Ward, top right, shakes hands with Raul Labrador, who defeated him in yesterday's GOP primary for Congress, after Labrador spoke at a GOP unity rally on Wednesday. (Betsy Russell)
Vaughn Ward, top right, shakes hands with Raul Labrador, who defeated him in yesterday's GOP primary for Congress, after Labrador spoke at a GOP unity rally on Wednesday. (Betsy Russell)

Raul Labrador, the victor in the 1st Congressional District GOP primary last night, had this to say about his opponent Vaughn Ward at the GOP rally today: "Yesterday we were divided as a party, we were divided supporting different candidates. But today we are all Republicans. I want to thank and honor my opponent in this race. Mr Vaughn Ward has served our country honorably. He has sacrificed his time, his talents for this nation, and I think each and every one of us owes him a debt of gratitude for the service that he has given."

Idaho GOP Chairman Norm Semanko said after the rally, "I was so pleased last night - early this morning - to see Vaughn call Raul early." That allowed Labrador to claim his victory and thank supporters before the wee hours of the morning; the final votes weren't counted statewide until about 5 a.m. today, when Latah County's results were finalized.




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