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Voters appear to be rejecting school reform referendum measures

Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna talks with reporters at the Idaho Republican Party's election night watch party Tuesday night. (AP / Matt Cilley)
Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna talks with reporters at the Idaho Republican Party's election night watch party Tuesday night. (AP / Matt Cilley)

Idaho's dominant Republican establishment appeared headed for a rare rebuke from voters Tuesday, as  school-reform measures pushed hard by state schools Superintendent Tom Luna and GOP Gov. Butch Otter trailed at the polls at press time. The three measures, Propositions 1, 2 and 3, became the hottest election issue in Idaho this year, eclipsing even the presidential race - which was a foregone conclusion for Idaho's four electoral votes in the heavily GOP state that strongly favored Mitt Romney.

Luna called the measures "by far the most important choice on education that many of us will make in our lifetime," and Otter called them "very important." On election night, Otter told The Spokesman-Review, "We'll go back, get our heads together in the Legislature, and see where we go from there." You can read my full story here at spokesman.com.



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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