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M 2012 Idaho Primary

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State Representative, Pos. B (GOP)

Candidate Pct
George Eskridge (R) 66.90%
Pam Stout (R) 33.10%

State Senator (GOP)

Candidate Pct
Shawn Keough (R) 70.27%
Danielle Ahrens (R) 29.73%


Candidate Pct
Barry McHugh (R) 62.69%
Donald Gary (R) 37.31%


Candidate Pct
Benton E. (Ben) Wolfinger (R) 43.11%
Keith Hutcheson (R) 29.80%
John Green (R) 27.09%

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Otter expects Idaho GOP to re-examine closed primary, after record low turnout

Gov. Butch Otter told the Associated Press today that he expects GOP leaders at their state party convention in June to debate the merits of the party’s new closed primary election, after Tuesday’s record-low turnout. “It will be, ‘What should we do? Should we make…

Grant’s post-primary message: ‘Vote Democratic’

Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Larry Grant has issued a post-primary election statement calling on Idahoans to vote Democratic in November. “In many Republican races, voters saw a choice between someone they were angry with versus someone they were scared of,” Grant said. “Republicans who prevailed,…

Semanko pleads for GOP unity

Idaho Republican Party Chairman Norm Semanko has sent out a post-primary message, pleading for Republicans to come together after yesterday’s bitterly divisive primary election. “2012 brings a great opportunity for Idaho Republicans - we must not, and we will not squander it,” Semanko writers. Of…

Broadsword wins Bonner commission race

Continuing the statewide trend of more-moderate Republicans winning in yesterday’s GOP primary, Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, defeated Bonner County Commission Chairman Cornel Rasor, and Broadsword will become a Bonner County commissioner, as no Democrats filed for the seat. Rasor is the current chairman of the…

Rep. Hart loses in GOP primary; Ed Morse to face Dan English in November

And now, well after midnight North Idaho time (and after 1 a.m. Boise time), Kootenai County has its final results, and they show an upset: Rep. Phil Hart has lost to challenger Ed Morse in the GOP primary. Hart had 1,746 votes, 31.2 percent, while…

Idaho primary emotions eclipse low turnout

Idaho’s inaugural closed primary election Tuesday turned into a nasty internal squabble for the state’s dominant Republican Party, as GOP leaders, factions and interest groups turned on each other in a bid to take control. Still, state Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, and state Rep. George Eskridge, R-Dover, held off tea party challengers in the primary, as did moderate Republicans across the state. Tax-protesting Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, was vying with three GOP challengers, but the vote-counting was to continue well into this morning. For up-to-date results, go to

Bomb scares disrupt voting

Two bomb scares disrupted voting Tuesday in Idaho. In Coeur d’Alene, voting was temporarily delayed at Woodland Middle School, the polling place for two Idaho precincts in Tuesday’s primary election, after the building was evacuated for fear of a bomb. Officials did not say what prompted the scare.

First numbers finally in from Kootenai County: Hart trails Ed Morse

Finally, at long last, the first set of numbers from Kootenai County: In District 2, Sen. Steve Vick is leading former Sen. Mike Jorgenson, 59.4%-40.6%; Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, is leading challenger Mark Fisher, 53.1-46.9; and Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, is trailing challenger Ed…

GOP incumbents across state hold off challenges from the right in primary

Votes still are being tallied, but all three District 1 GOP incumbents appear to have easily held off challenges from tea party candidates. Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, had 70 percent of the vote over GOP challenger Danielle Ahrens, with 41 percent reporting. Rep. George Eskridge,…

Results start to trickle in…

Election results are starting to flow in, though it’s just a trickle to start with. No big surprises as of yet, with Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador easily defeating their primary challengers - 71%-29% for Simpson over Chick Heileson, and 82%-18% for Labrador over…

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