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Primary takes out three N. Idaho lawmakers, independent campaign may have backfired

Here’s my full day-after election story from Spokesman.com on the final results and fallout: Primary takes out three North Idaho lawmakers By Betsy Z. Russell Three North Idaho lawmakers lost their seats in Tuesday’s primary election. The three – Reps. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d’Alene, and…


Write-in candidate wins Democratic primary in District 1; will face Rep. Sage Dixon

Write-in candidate Stephen Howlett has defeated Bob Vickaryous to become the Democratic nominee for the District 1 House seat now held by Rep. Sage Dixon, R-Ponderay; the two will face off in November. Howlett received 408 write-in votes, exceeding the 392 cast for Vickaryous, whose…


No automatic recounts in close Idaho races; loser could request recount and pay the cost…

With a couple of close legislative races around the state, the question arises of possible recounts. Betsie Kimbrough, state elections director in the Idaho Secretary of State’s office, has this explanation: “We don’t have automatic recounts.” But for the closest races – those where the…


Final results: Seven GOP lawmakers ousted; Brody and McKenzie head to runoff for SupCourt

Here’s a link to the final, unofficial results of yesterday’s Idaho primary election, with all precincts reporting. When the dust settled, seven sitting Republican lawmakers had been knocked off in the primary, four ultra-conservatives and three more moderate conservatives. Robyn Brody and Curt McKenzie are…


Sen. Abby Lee holds her seat by 28-vote margin

Wow, that’s close: With 31 of 31 precincts reporting, Sen. Abby Lee, R-Fruitland, has defeated her GOP primary challenger, Viki Purdy, but only by 28 votes. The AP reports that Lee got 2,949 votes, or 50 percent; Purdy got 2,921, also 50 percent.


It’ll be Brody vs. McKenzie in November for Idaho Supreme Court

It’ll be Brody vs. McKenzie in November in the race for the Idaho Supreme Court. With 917 of 938 precincts reporting – 98 percent – Rupert attorney Robyn Brody had 30 percent; state Sen. Curt McKenzie was in second place with 28 percent; and Clive…


Chmelik ousted from Idaho County commission seat in GOP primary

Controversial Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik, leader of the state’s movement to try to wrest ownership of federal public lands away to the state, has lost his county commissioner seat, defeated by GOP primary challenger Denis B. Duman, the Lewiston Tribune reports. Chmelik unsuccessfully challenged…


Three N. Idaho incumbents who trail challengers scored in top 10 on ‘Freedom Index’

Despite a big push by Idaho Freedom Action, the campaigning arm of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, it appears the group’s most-favored candidates are losing in North Idaho legislative races tonight. Three incumbent lawmakers who are trailing their challengers – Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood; Rep. Shannon…


Crapo, Labrador coast to wins; most North Idaho lawmakers leading, but Sims trails in early returns

Here’s my full story from spokesman.com on the congressional and North Idaho legislative results: BOISE – Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo and 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador cruised easily through the state’s primary election on Tuesday – Crapo didn’t even have an opponent – but North…


Runoff set in Idaho SupCourt race, with Brody in the lead; full story

Here’s my full story from spokesman.com on the Idaho Supreme Court race: BOISE – A rare contested race for an open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court appears to be headed for a runoff in November, as none of the four hopefuls was polling over…





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