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Another upset in a legislative race, as Sen. Schmidt apparently narrowly loses to GOP challenger

There’s another upset in the Idaho Legislature: According to unofficial, final reports from Latah and Benewah counties, Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, has lost his seat to GOP challenger Dan Foreman. In the final, unofficial tally, Foreman had 50.7 percent of the vote to Schmidt’s 49.3 percent. That’s a difference of 327 votes.

Still unknown are outcomes in Kootenai County and Bonner and Boundary counties’ District 1, but if there are no further upsets there, Republicans are poised to add a total of four seats to their supermajority in the Idaho Legislature, where they already hold more than 80 percent of the seats.

The other two seats in District 5 appear to be unchanged. Rep. Paulette Jordan, D-Plummer, narrowly defeated GOP challenger Carl Berglund. And Rep. Caroline Nilsson Troy, R-Genesee, won with 50 percent of the vote, defeating Democratic challenger Laurene Sorensen, who had 38.7 percent; and independent Ken DeVries, who drew 11.3 percent. 

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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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