Even as a push from the right to take over the Idaho Republican Party was falling short at the state level, it was succeeding beyond expectations in North Idaho, where two longtime state lawmakers were unceremoniously dumped in Tuesday’s GOP primary. A third was turned out after just one term, and four arch-conservative incumbents whose challengers were endorsed by GOP Gov. Butch Otter cruised to victory in a low-turnout election that saw barely over one in five registered voters cast a ballot. Senate Education Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, lost in the primary to city hall critic Mary Souza, after serving eight terms in the Senate. “I was shocked,” said Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene. “He’s served for 14 years now, he’s been the tip of the spear on some really, really difficult issues that have made Idaho a better place to live and raise families, educate our kids. And he was just dismissed,” Malek said. “It was very shocking.” Kootenai County’s voter turnout was just 21.7 percent of registered voters; statewide, turnout was 25 percent/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
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