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Incumbent Raul Labrador faces two challengers in his bid to continue representing North Idaho in Congress.

U.S. Representative, Republican Primary, Idaho Congressional District 1

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Candidate Votes Pct
Raul Labrador (R) 32,224 80.95%
Gordon Counsil (R) 4,130 10.37%
Isaac M. Haugen (R) 3,454 8.68%

* 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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