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Other results from last night, with 99% of the vote counted:

SJR 102, county probation services amendment: 74.4% yes, 25.6% no
HJR2aa, right to fish, hunt and trap: 73.4% yes, 26.6% no

Every incumbent state legislator in districts 1-5 who faced a challenge was re-elected. That includes Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens; Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene; Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene; Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow; and Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow. Republican Ed Morse defeated Democratic opponent Dan English to hold Phil Hart's old House seat in District 2; newcomer Luke Malek, a Republican, won the seat formerly held by Rep. Marge Chadderdon, R-Coeur d'Alene; and in a close contest, Republican Cindy Agidius defeated Democrat Paulette Jordan, 50.3% to 49.7%, for an open House seat in District 5.

In District 6, appointed Sen. Dan Johnson, R-Lewiston, turned back a challenge from former District Judge John Bradbury, 44.6% to 55.4%. And in the new District 7, Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, defeated independent Jon Cantamessa, 63.8% to 36.2%.

There were few legislative upsets statewide, but among them were two in District 18: Democratic former Rep. Branden Durst defeated Sen. Mitch Toryanski, R-Boise; and Democrat Janie Ward-Engelking defeated Rep. Julie Ellsworth, R-Boise. Republicans held the District 15 Senate seat, as former U.S. Attorney Betty Richardson was edged by Republican Fred Martin, 52.1% to 47.9%; the GOP held all three seats in that district. Democrats held all three seats in Districts 16 and 17. Dems also held all three seats in District 29 in Pocatello.

Overall, the party split in the Legislature remained the same, with 7 Democrats and 28 Republicans in the Senate, and 13 Democrats and 57 Republicans in the House. That means the R's stil hold 81 percent of the seats in the Idaho Legislature.

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