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

CandidateVotesPct
Raul Labrador (R) 199,445 63%
Jimmy Farris (D) 97,403 30.80%
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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Republican Rep. Raul Labrador told me Monday that he wants to help Mitt Romney as he appears on the most important Spanish-language media in the country Wednesday night, but won’t do so if he can’t get back to Capitol Hill in time for Thursday’s votes…. Read more

Farris raps Labrador over missed votes, more loom as Labrador pitches for Romney

Jimmy Farris, the Democratic challenger to 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, is criticizing Labrador for missing votes at triple the rate of his three predecessors, the Idaho Statesman’s Dan Popkey reports today, and Labrador is acknowledging Farris has a point. “I don’t think it’s… Read more

Labrador Hails Ex-Scout Leader

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Eye on Boise: Races simmer after heated primaries

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Farris Rips Labrador Absenteeism

1st Congressional District candidate Jimmy Farris called out Congressman Raul Labrador today for his dismal attendance record in Congress, and wondered what exactly is keeping the congressman from doing his job. “Congressman Labrador has been absent from Congress twice as much as the average representative,”… Read more

Number-crunching website: Labrador a ‘centrist-GOP follower’ who misses votes; Risch on ‘lonely far-right’

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Raul Woos Hispanics For Romney

Idaho Statesman reporter Dan Popkey had an interesting report over the weekend on how freshman Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador has been campaigning in Nevada and Colorado for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, joining former SBA chief Hector Barreto and Romney’s Spanish-speaking son Craig to pitch… Read more

Labrador helps pitch Romney to Hispanic voters in Colo., Nev.; Farris says Idaho ignored

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Ward: Reagan Repubs In The Know

On the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans Facebook wall, Jeff Ward writes: “Gov. Romney’s pick of Congressman Paul Ryan for Vice President may have surprised many but not Congressman Raul Labrador. He predicted the pick at last Tuesday’s special meeting of KCRR. Thanks to Rep. Labrador… Read more

Labrador Holds Town Hall Meeting

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Farris releases 10 years’ tax returns, calls on Labrador to do the same

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Farris Issues Tax Return Challenge

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Farris: Have TV Spot, Need Cash

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Labrador: Cut More Trees

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Labrador, Farris speak out on health care reform repeal vote

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