M 2012 Idaho Primary

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Last updated: May 16, 2:35 a.m. State Senator (GOP), Idaho Legislative District 1

CandidateVotesPct
Shawn Keough (R) 4,671 70.27%
Danielle Ahrens (R) 1,976 29.73%
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Last updated: May 16, 10:04 p.m. Prosecutor, Kootenai County

CandidateVotesPct
Barry McHugh (R) 7,591 62.69%
Donald Gary (R) 4,517 37.31%
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Last updated: May 16, 10:04 p.m. Sheriff, Kootenai County

CandidateVotesPct
Benton E. (Ben) Wolfinger (R) 5,489 43.11%
Keith Hutcheson (R) 3,795 29.80%
John Green (R) 3,450 27.09%
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* These 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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Eye on Boise: Twin Falls GOP committee hopeful draws party’s ire

BOISE – Good grief – it’s happened again. It turns out that it’s not only up north that one warring GOP faction has tried to hijack another one’s name, as in Kootenai County Reagan Republicans vs. Kootenai County Reagan Republicans Inc. It’s happening in Twin Falls, too. Down there, the chair of the Twin Falls GOP Central Committee, Gretchen Clelland, sent out a press release the day before Tuesday’s primary election warning that election materials being distributed by Rick Martin, who was challenging an incumbent precinct committeeman, said, “Paid for by Republican Central Committee of Twin Falls County, Inc.” Read more

Primary voters oust Hart

BOISE – Tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart’s legislative career appears done. Hart was defeated in a four-way Republican primary Tuesday, according to unofficial results, edged out by Ed Morse, a longtime real estate appraiser from Hayden. Morse will face former longtime Kootenai County Clerk Dan English in the Nov. 6 general election. Read more

Primary election voters spurn tax-protesting lawmaker

Among the fallout from Tuesday’s primary election:  Tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart’s legislative career… Read more

Idaho voters spurn tax-protesting lawmaker

Tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart’s legislative career will end this year, Idaho voters decided on Tuesday. Read more

Six of Otter’s seven endorsees win their legislative primary races

Idaho Gov. Otter endorsed seven candidates in yesterday’s GOP primary for legislative seats; all but one won. The … Read more

Otter expects Idaho GOP to re-examine closed primary, after record low turnout

Gov. Butch Otter told the Associated Press today that he expects GOP leaders at their state party convention in Ju… Read more

Grant’s post-primary message: ‘Vote Democratic’

Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Larry Grant has issued a post-primary election statement calling on Idahoans to vo… Read more

Semanko pleads for GOP unity

Idaho Republican Party Chairman Norm Semanko has sent out a post-primary message, pleading for Republicans to come… Read more

Broadsword wins Bonner commission race

Continuing the statewide trend of more-moderate Republicans winning in yesterday’s GOP primary, Sen. Joyce Broadsw… Read more

Rep. Hart loses in GOP primary; Ed Morse to face Dan English in November

And now, well after midnight North Idaho time (and after 1 a.m. Boise time), Kootenai County has its final results… Read more

Idaho primary emotions eclipse low turnout

Idaho’s inaugural closed primary election Tuesday turned into a nasty internal squabble for the state’s dominant Republican Party, as GOP leaders, factions and interest groups turned on each other in a bid to take control. Still, state Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, and state Rep. George Eskridge, R-Dover, held off tea party challengers in the primary, as did moderate Republicans across the state. Tax-protesting Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, was vying with three GOP challengers, but the vote-counting was to continue well into this morning. For up-to-date results, go to www.spokesman.com. Read more

Bomb scares disrupt voting

Two bomb scares disrupted voting Tuesday in Idaho. In Coeur d’Alene, voting was temporarily delayed at Woodland Middle School, the polling place for two Idaho precincts in Tuesday’s primary election, after the building was evacuated for fear of a bomb. Officials did not say what prompted the scare. Read more

First numbers finally in from Kootenai County: Hart trails Ed Morse

Finally, at long last, the first set of numbers from Kootenai County: In District 2, Sen. Steve Vick is leading fo… Read more

GOP incumbents across state hold off challenges from the right in primary

Votes still are being tallied, but all three District 1 GOP incumbents appear to have easily held off challenges f… Read more

Results start to trickle in…

Election results are starting to flow in, though it’s just a trickle to start with. No big surprises as of yet, wi… Read more

GOP leaders talk unity while awaiting results of divisive primary election

At the Idaho Republican Party’s election-night watch party at the Riverside Hotel tonight, party Chairman Norm Sem… Read more

Primary turnout light so far…

Initial reports are suggesting a light turnout for today’s first-ever closed primary election in Idaho, though tha… Read more

Today’s vote a first for Idaho

Idaho voters go to the polls today for the first election under the state’s new closed-primary system. That means for the first time, Idaho voters must register by party. And while they can choose to register as a Republican, a Democrat, a Libertarian, a Constitution Party member or unaffiliated, only those who register as Republicans can vote in the GOP primary. Republicans dominate Idaho politics; in Kootenai County, there aren’t any Democrats running for local county offices. Read more

Idaho voters head to the polls for first closed primary election

Idaho voters go to the polls Tuesday - they’re open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. - for the first election under the state’s ne… Read more

Idaho voters head to the polls Tuesday

Idaho voters go to the polls Tuesday - they’re open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. - for the first election under the state’s new closed-primary system. Read more

It’s happening again: GOP group tries to hijack another one’s name for campaign

Good grief. It turns out that it’s not only up north that one warring GOP faction has tried to hijack another one’… Read more

More last-minute campaign money; PAC targets 2 county commission primaries

More last-minute campaign contributions, funneling of money between interconnected PACs and independent campaign e… Read more

Grant urges Dems, independents not to register GOP, Semanko defends closed primary

In messages ahead of tomorrow’s first-ever closed Republican Party primary in Idaho - and the Democratic primary, … Read more

Eye on Boise: GunPAC’s targets curiously chosen

BOISE – Among the weirdest things that emerged from campaign finance reports in Idaho this week – which showed that House Republican leaders were funneling money from their leadership PAC to another PAC that then was targeting one of those same House leaders for defeat – was the purported purpose of that second PAC. It’s called GunPAC and claims to be all about promoting gun rights. But of the three House incumbents it’s targeting, one owns a gun store; the second is a Vietnam veteran who’s championed military and gun issues; and the third is House Majority Caucus Chairman Ken Roberts, the treasurer of the very House Leadership Victory Fund whose money GunPAC is using to try to defeat the three. Read more

Bumper crop of last-minute campaign contributions, independent expenditures

There’s been a bumper crop this afternoon of reports of last-minute campaign contributions and independent expendi… Read more

GOP lawmakers decry funneling of attack money between interconnected PACs as ‘money laundering,’ call for reforms

The thousands of dollars funneling between a web of affiliated PACs to target certain Republican incumbents has pr… Read more

North Idaho candidates file campaign finance paperwork

BOISE – In the hard-fought GOP primary races in North Idaho’s Legislative District 2, campaign finance reports show that challengers have outraised two of the three incumbents, including tax-protesting Rep. Phil Hart. Hart has raised $6,738 for his campaign, while challenger Ed Morse has raised more than twice as much – $16,479 – and challenger Fritz Wiedenhoff has raised $7,748. That GOP primary also includes Ron Vieselmeyer, who trails with $3,791. Hart also reported a $31,827 outstanding debt to himself. Read more

Challengers outraise two incumbents, including Hart, in North Idaho’s District 2

In the hard-fought GOP primary races in North Idaho’s legislative District 2, campaign finance reports show that c… Read more

Two Idaho legislative challengers outraise incumbents

In the hard-fought GOP primary races in North Idaho’s legislative District 2, campaign finance reports show that challengers have out-raised two of the three incumbents, including tax-protesting Rep. Phil Hart. Read more

Avista ‘disappointed,’ S-R stands by story

Avista Corp. issued a statement today saying it was “disappointed” in my article in today’s Spokesman-Review on ho… Read more

Avista gives cash to oust two N. Idaho incumbents

BOISE – Avista Corp. is spending thousands of dollars trying to unseat two longtime North Idaho legislators, throwing its support behind tea party-backed challengers in next week’s Republican primary. Being targeted is state Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, who supported unsuccessful efforts to establish a consumer advocate to review utility rate requests, and state Rep. George Eskridge, R-Dover, who advocates greater diversity in Idaho’s energy supply. Avista opposed both proposals. Read more

Campaign finance reports show Avista Corp. is targeting two longtime North Idaho GOP lawmakers for defeat

Avista Corp. is spending thousands of dollars trying to unseat two longtime North Idaho legislators, throwing its … Read more

Avista wants two North Idaho lawmakers replaced

Avista Corp. is spending thousands of dollars trying to unseat two longtime North Idaho legislators, throwing its support behind tea party backed challengers in next week’s Republican primary. Read more

Tracing web of PACs funneling money in House leadership fight…

Idaho Statesman reporter Dan Popkey traces the web of interconnecting PACs headed by GOP consultant Lou Esposito i… Read more

White supremacist sheriff candidate hosts cross burning in Bonner County

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) ― A white power activist campaigning to be the… Read more