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

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 Idaho legislative races were much more hotly contested.


Wolfinger fends off challenge for Kootenai County sheriff

Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger survived a challenge from the hard right of the Republican party in Tuesday’s Idaho primary. Wolfinger prevailed with 63 percent of the vote to defeat Rathdrum attorney John Green, who is part of the “constitutional sheriffs” movement that pushes back against federal government overreach.


Runoff set in Idaho Supreme Court race, with Brody in the lead

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 50 percent in early returns Tuesday night – though Rupert attorney Robyn Brody was clearly out in front, with the other three neck-and-neck.


Brody, leading in Idaho Supreme Court race: ‘It’s an affirmation’

The only trend that’s been clear in results in the four-way Idaho Supreme Court race all night tonight: Robyn Brody has been out ahead all evening. The other three candidates have been neck-and-neck for second place. This guarantees a runoff in November, when the top…


Labrador on GOP primary win: ‘Conservative principles matter’

The AP has called the congressional races in Idaho’s GOP primary, naming the winners as incumbents Raul Labrador, Mike Simpson and Mike Crapo. Crapo was unopposed; both Labrador and Simpson faced only little-known primary challengers. Labrador issued this statement: “I want to thank the people…


Piotrowski, leading Dems race for District 1 congressional seat: ‘Conventional wisdom won’t work this year’

Only the very earliest results are in now – just 1 percent of the precincts – but they’re pretty clear in the congressional races, including the three-way Democratic primary for a chance to challenge 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador: With 56 of 938 precincts reporting,…


Idaho GOP chair: ‘Our values are better than their values’

The program tonight at the Idaho GOP’s election-night gathering started with a prayer offered by Lt. Gov. Brad Little, who said in part, “Please ask those that are here that are victors to be gracious in victory and ask those that are not victors to…


Brody: ‘I feel like I’m waiting for a jury to come back’

Robyn Brody, candidate for the Idaho Supreme Court, stopped by both the Democratic and Republican party election-night gatherings this evening, with sons Jackson, 10, and Cooper, 8, in tow; she visited with voters, shook a few hands and mingled. She’s got her own election-night gathering…


At GOP gathering, walls are festooned with campaign signs galore

Here’s the scene at the Idaho GOP’s election-night watch party at the Riverside Hotel, where the room is festooned with campaign signs for Republican candidates, from Congressmen Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador to local candidates like Sen. Cliff Bayer, R-Boise, and Ada County Commission hopeful…


Crowds gathering to await election results; Dems gather at Crooked Fence Barrelhouse

The polls have closed in southern Idaho, but not yet in northern Idaho. But already, crowds are gathering at both the Democratic and Republican party election-night watch parties in Boise. While the Republicans are at their traditional spot, the Riverside Hotel, the Dems are at…





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