M 2012 Idaho General Election

U.S. Representative

About this race

In the contest for North Idaho’s congressional seat this year, one-term incumbent GOP Rep. Raul Labrador faces a challenge from first-time candidate and Democratic challenger Jimmy Farris, a former NFL football player and Lewiston native.

Also in the race are Libertarian candidate Rob Oates of Caldwell, and “Pro-Life,” an independent candidate formerly known as Marvin Richardson.

Labrador, a former state lawmaker and attorney, has made a name for himself in his first term as a tea party favorite and hard-line conservative; he’s frequently appeared on national TV, and has been prominent in helping GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney court Hispanic votes around the country. But this is a congressional seat whose last two occupants each served just one term: Former Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick, and former GOP Rep. Bill Sali.

Congressmen serve two-year terms; their salary is $174,000 a year, plus health care benefits.

Last updated: Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m. Election results

Raul Labrador (R) 199,445 62.97%
Jimmy Farris (D) 97,403 30.75%
Rob Oates (L) 12,264 3.87%
Pro-Life (I) 7,600 2.40%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.

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