M 2010 Idaho General Election

Raul Labrador

A candidate for U.S. Representative, Idaho Congressional District 1 in the 2010 Idaho General Election

Party: Republican

Age: 47City: Eagle, Idaho

Occupation: Incumbent congressman

Immigration attorney, two-term congressman. Has sponsored 17 bills and co-sponsored 291; none have become law. This year Labrador ran unsuccessfully for House majority leader. A native of Puerto Rico who is fluent in Spanish, Labrador is among just a small number - fewer than 10 - of Hispanic Republicans serving in the House. Prior to winning his seat in Congress, Labrador served two terms in the Idaho House.

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Competitors

Walt Minnick Democrat
Dave Olson Independent
Mike Washburn Libertarian

Last updated: Nov. 2, 8:50 p.m. Election results

CandidateVotesPct
Raul R. Labrador (R) 126,231 51.02%
Walt Minnick (D) 102,130 41.28%
Dave Olson (I) 14,365 5.81%
Mike Washburn (L) 4,696 1.90%
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