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Eye On Boise archive for Nov. 2010


Labrador, Minnick comment on results 

Outgoing Congressman Walt Minnick issued a statement early this morning, saying, "It now appears that Raul Labrador will be the victor when all the votes are finally tallied. Therefore, early this morning I placed a call to Raul and wished him every success as Idaho’s…

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Raul Labrador, Republican candidate for Idaho's 1st congressional district, waves to the crowd at the Idaho Republican election night headquarters on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010 in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune / Charlie Litchfield)

Labrador wins, beats Minnick 

The Associated Press has called Idaho's 1st District congressional race in favor of GOP challenger Raul Labrador. The latest figures from the Idaho Secretary of State's office show that with 753 of 961 precincts reporting, Labrador had 50.2 percent to Minnick's 42 percent, with independent…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 2, 2010

Allred concedes in guv's race

Democratic candidate for governor Keith Allred has conceded to GOP Gov. Butch Otter in the governor's race. "I believe more strongly than ever in the Founding Fathers' wisdom that the best solutions are those that attract support across the lines that divide us," Allred said…

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Gov. Butch Otter talks with a reporter on election night in Boise. (AP Photo / Matt Cilley)

Latest results in guv's race

With vote-counting delays in Kootenai, Ada and Canyon counties, the election results have been very slow to come in tonight, prompting several major candidates to hold off on either declaring victory or conceding - including Gov. Butch Otter and Democratic challenger Keith Allred. Here are…

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Idaho Education Superintendent Tom Luna gives his victory speech at the Republican Party Election Headquarters held at a hotel in Boise, Idaho on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. (AP Photo / Matt Cilley)

AP declares Luna, Little, Ysursa winners

The AP has called three more Idaho races: Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, Lt. Gov. Brad Little, and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna all have won re-election, the AP says. The most high-profile race among those three was Luna's; he faced a…

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Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick talks about the race on Election Night in Boise (Betsy Russell)

Minnick: 'I expect it to be very close' 

Freshman Democratic Congressman Walt Minnick, the only Democrat among Idaho's congressional delegation, said tonight that he's not surprised he's in such a hard-fought re-election race. "It's the most Republican district to have elected a Democratic challenger in a Democratic year," he said of his election…

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Raul Labrador, Idaho GOP congressional hopeful, after learning he's leading in early returns (Betsy Russell)

Early numbers look good for Labrador

The early numbers looked very good for GOP congressional hopeful Raul Labrador - with 124 of 961 precincts reporting, Labrador had 50.7 percent of the vote to incumbent Congressman Walt Minnick's 42.6 percent, with independent Dave Olson trailing at 5.2 percent and Libertarian Mike Washburn…

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Democratic candidate for governor Keith Allred greets supporters on election night in Boise (Betsy Russell)

AP calls top races...

The Associated Press has called several of Idaho's top races - it's declared Sen. Mike Crapo a winner, winning a third term in the U.S. Senate; along with 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson, winning another term in the House; and the AP has declared Gov.…

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Sunset in Boise on Tuesday signals a long night of vote-counting ahead (Betsy Russell)

Long night ahead... 

Check back here later for election results; for now, there's still an hour of voting left in southern Idaho and two hours in North Idaho. It could be a long night ahead. Among the factors threatening to make the vote-tallying take extra-long: Write-in candidates in…

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"Vote Here" signs at polling places in Idaho this year include a reminder to bring photo I.D., required under a new law; those without can sign affidavits (Betsy Russell)

Today is the day... 

It's Election Day, and the polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. At my local polling place, things were busy but running smoothly with a steady flow of people showing up to vote. The ballot's quite long, with everything from U.S. Senate to…

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MONDAY, NOV. 1, 2010

SupCourt ruling rests on technical issue 

The Idaho Supreme Court decision in the mega-loads case turns on the question of whether the ConocoPhillips application for permits should be considered a "contested case" or not; the majority of the court said it should, and the dissenters said it shouldn't. That's a technical…

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One day left 'til the election...

Here's a link to my full story at from Saturday's paper on the outside ads being run against Democratic candidate for governor, Keith Allred, thanks to a big cash infusion to the Idaho Republican Party from the Republican Governors Association. And here's a link…

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