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Eye On Boise archive for May 25, 2010

TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2010

AP: Labrador wins 1st CD GOP primary

The Associated Press has called the 1st District congressional race - well after midnight Boise time - and declared Raul Labrador the winner. With 89 percent of precincts reporting, Labrador led with 46 percent, to 40 percent for rival Vaughn Ward.

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Norm Semanko, chairman of the Idaho Republican Primary, discusses the close congressional primary in the 1st District and bemoans the low turnout overall for this year's primary election (Betsy Russell)

Semanko: Low turnout a disappointment

Idaho GOP Chairman Norm Semanko says his party will come together no matter which candidate wins the hard-fought congressional primary between Raul Labrador and Vaughn Ward; the latest results, with 89 percent of precincts reporting, show Labrador with 46 percent to 40 percent for Ward.…

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Gov. Butch Otter and First Lady Lori Otter talk with supporters at the GOP primary election night gathering in Boise. (Betsy Russell)

Otter: 'Lead nation out of recession' 

Gov. Butch Otter was very much in evidence throughout the evening at the GOP election night gathering tonight, as both he and First Lady Lori Otter celebrated with supporters, posed for pictures and more. When he took the podium to accept his party's nomination, he…

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred talks on the phone during a working election night gathering at his campaign headquarters, at which volunteers stuffed envelopes and readied a campaign mailer. (Betsy Russell)

Allred chooses working party for primary night

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred held a different kind of election-night gathering tonight - he and volunteers gathered at his campaign headquarters, where they stuffed envelopes, fielded calls and worked on a mailing and other projects. Longtime Democratic activist Betty Richardson said it was the…

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Ada County Commissioner and unsuccessful GOP candidate for governor Sharon Ullman on primary election night (Betsy Russell)

Ullman: 'An incredible experience'

With 509 of 936 precincts reporting, Gov. Butch Otter, who's already been declared the winner of the GOP gubernatorial primary, had 55 percent. Here's how his five challengers did: Rex Rammell, 25.2 percent; Sharon Ullman, 8 percent; Ron "Pete" Peterson, 5.7 percent; and both Walt…

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1st District race down to the wire...

The contentious race for the GOP nomination for North Idaho's seat in Congress is going down to the wire tonight, as Idaho voters held a typically low-turnout primary election with big consequences; you can read my full story here at spokesman.com. Up and down the…

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Jay Leno mocks Ward in monologue 

On the Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight, Leno played the entire video mashup that juxtaposes clips of Barack Obama's 2004 Democratic national convention speech with similar turns of phrase in a speech by Idaho GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward at the Idaho state capitol…

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Congressional candidate Vaughn Ward, right, greets members of the crowd at GOP election-night headquarters in Boise on Tuesday, where Ward finally emerged shortly after 10:30 p.m. (Kevin Bechen / Courtesy photo)

Ward arrives at GOP gathering

Congressional candidate Vaughn Ward has finally arrived at the GOP headquarters gathering, just after 10:30 Boise time. The latest results, with just 22 percent of the vote counted, show Labrador leading Ward, 44 percent to 42 percent. At this point, this race is too close…

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Allred, Little win primaries

The Associated Press has now declared Keith Allred the winner of the Democratic gubernatorial primary, defeating Lee Chaney Sr., and Lt. Gov. Brad Little victorious in the GOP primary, defeating two challengers.

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Republicans mingle at their election-night gathering at a Boise hotel; at center is former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig. (Betsy Russell)

No sign of Ward so far...

While GOP candidates including congressional hopeful Raul Labrador, Gov. Butch Otter, state Treasurer Ron Crane, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, Controller Donna Jones, gubernatorial hopeful Rex Rammell, and even former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig have been mingling with the crowd at the GOP election-night headquarters at…

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Idaho GOP congressional candidate Raul Labrador visits with supporters on election night (Betsy Russell)

Labrador: 'We had a lot of enthusiasm'

Congressional candidate Raul Labrador is happily visiting with supporters tonight at the Doubletree Riverside, where Republicans are gathering to watch the election-night results. "I think we've done a great job," Labrador said. "We had such limited fundraising but as you can tell, we had a…

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Numbers and older voters... 

With the polls just moments away from closing in Boise, and a little over an hour from closing in North Idaho, here's some food for thought: Were many of the people you saw voting at your polling place older folks, 50-plus? Prompting the question: The…

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Sign outside polling place for Idaho's primary election on Tuesday. (Betsy Russell)

Time to vote...

Today is Idaho's primary election - and it's the final election for an array of non-partisan judicial races, including a contested seat on the Idaho Supreme Court. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Today's election determines the party nominees for offices ranging…

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