In the 1st District, long-time state Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, has extended her lead over Tea Party candidate Danielle Ahrens 2413 votes to 2039 votes, with 89% of the precincts reporting. In the two House races, conservative hardliners Heather Scott leads Steve Snedden 63% to 37%, and Sage Dixon leads long-time state Rep. George Eskridge, 53% to 47%. Scott has been declared winner of her race with 80 percent of the vote counted. Eskridge has been cutting into Dixon's lead.
D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.