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Crapo, Labrador coast to wins; most North Idaho lawmakers leading, but Sims trails opponent in early returns
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo and 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador cruised easily through the state’s primary election on Tuesday – Crapo didn’t even have an opponent – but North Idaho legislative races were much more hotly contested.
Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger survived a challenge from the hard right of the Republican party in Tuesday’s Idaho primary. Wolfinger prevailed with 63 percent of the vote to defeat Rathdrum attorney John Green, who is part of the “constitutional sheriffs” movement that pushes back against federal government overreach.
A rare contested race for an open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court appears to be headed for a runoff in November, as none of the four hopefuls was polling over 50 percent in early returns Tuesday night – though Rupert attorney Robyn Brody was clearly out in front, with the other three neck-and-neck.