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Extra! Risch Sews Up Mormon Vote, Names Ricks

Former State Sen. Mark Ricks of Rexburg was named lieutenant governor Thursday, in an apparent nod to the state’s more agrarian eastern half. Ricks, 81, a farmer who left office after eight terms in 1994, is a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints member and was president of the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. He’s the great-grandson of Thomas Ricks, founder of Mormon-owned Brigham Young University-Idaho, which until five years ago was known as Ricks College.

For the story by John Miller/AP, click here.

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