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Eye On Boise

Panhandle legislative race results, finally tallied up this morning, show GOP sweep, no further upsets

Final, unofficial Idaho election results this morning show no further upsets in legislative races around the state, beyond the four Republican pickups I reported on last night (or was that this morning?). Although Bonner County says it’ll still be counting ‘til noon, final, unofficial results for District 1 show a Republican sweep, with embattled Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, holding her seat with 59.6 percent of the vote to Democratic challenger Kate McAlister’s 40.4 percent.

Longtime Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, coasted to victory with 76.3 percent; and Rep. Sage Dixon, R-Ponderay, defeated Democratic challenger Stephen Howlett 66.4 percent to 33.6 percent.

The GOP sweep also held in Kootenai County, where newcomer Paul Amador defeated Coeur d’Alene School Board member Tom Hearn 63.3 percent to 36.7 percent for the seat formerly held by Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d’Alene; Amador defeated Sims in the May GOP primary. Other Kootenai County GOP lawmakers racked up big numbers in their re-election wins: Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, got 72.2 percent; Rep. Eric Redman, R-Athol, 75.6 percent; Sen. Mary Souza, R-Coeur d’Alene, 62.9 percent; and Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene, 68.8 percent.

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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