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Redman: God, Grassroots Led To Win

A strong grassroots campaign and "a lot of prayer" helped Eric Redman defeat incumbent Rep. Ed Morse in Tuesday's Republican primary, according to the political newcomer. "If you look at northern Idaho, God is really in charge," said Redman, who will be unopposed in the Nov. 4 general election for District 2, Seat B in Idaho's House of Representatives. "I'm not saying our opponents weren't believers, but I just feel it's a God thing." The retiree from Rathdrum had a solid win with 61 percent of the vote -- 2,897 votes compared to 1,849 cast for Morse. His conservative running mate, incumbent Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, soundly won his own race against Fritz Wiedenhoff for District 2, Seat A with 67 percent of the votes cast in his favor. Barbieri received 3,253 votes while Wiedenhoff - in his third run for public office - received 1,568 votes/Taryn Thompson, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Facebook photo)

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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