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Appeals court rejects Trump challenge of Pennsylvania race

President Donald Trump’s legal team suffered yet another defeat in court Friday as a federal appeals court in Philadelphia roundly rejected the campaign's latest effort to challenge the state’s election results.

Biden made some Spokane precincts bluer, Trump made some redder – and some flipped

Since Election Night, Spokane residents' choices in the presidential election have been clear. City residents went strongly for Joe Biden, the county Donald Trump.  The extent of that support and any shifts from the presidential election of 2016 weren't clear until tens of thousands of votes placed in drop boxes or mailed on Election Day were counted and the results certified on Monday.

Idaho Sen. Crapo wins historic fourth term; Labrador, Simpson also win

Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo won a fourth six-year term in the Senate on Tuesday, the first Idaho senator to win a fourth term since famed Democrat Frank Church in 1974. And 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador won a fourth two-year term in the U.S. House, even as he mulls a run for governor of Idaho. But there were deep divisions among Idahoans on Tuesday on the nonpartisan Idaho Supreme Court race and a constitutional amendment that state lawmakers placed on the ballot.

Idaho Republican candidates sweep all statewide offices

BOISE – It took until Wednesday morning at 7, but GOP newcomer Sherri Ybarra eked out a slim win in the race for Idaho state schools chief, completing a Republican sweep of all statewide offices that echoed results in Idaho elections since 2006. Democrats picked up one seat in the state Legislature thanks to upsets in Moscow and Lewiston, but GOP dominance of the Idaho Statehouse remained otherwise unchanged: 80 percent of seats went to Republicans, down from 81 percent.

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter holding off challengers

BOISE – In a primary election that highlighted a big rift in Idaho’s Republican Party, voters on Tuesday appeared to be backing two-term Gov. Butch Otter over a stiff challenge from tea party Republicans disillusioned with his leadership. Otter ran a low-key campaign as he was challenged by Senate Majority Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, acting the part of the favored incumbent and agreeing to only one face-to-face debate. Otter’s insistence on also including two long-shot candidates in that face-off attracted national attention to their antics and prompted Fulcher to declare it a “mockery.”

Otter on top against tea party opponent

In a primary election that highlighted a big rift in Idaho’s Republican Party, voters on Tuesday appeared to be backing two-term Gov. Butch Otter over a stiff challenge from tea party Republicans disillusioned with his leadership.

Spin Control: Washington elections deserve high marks

When a good-government group last week rated the states’ election procedures, Washington received respectable but not stellar marks, while Idaho was close to the bottom. The Pew Charitable Trust ranked Washington as having the 12th-best electoral performance in the last presidential election. Idaho, it said, had the 46th.

Votes reveal political map

A voting district southeast of the Spokane Valley city limits can bask in the bright red glow of being the county’s most conservative Republican precinct. Part of Browne’s Addition, just west of downtown Spokane, can claim bragging rights as the county’s most liberal Democratic precinct.

Primary voters oust Hart

BOISE – Tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart’s legislative career appears done. Hart was defeated in a four-way Republican primary Tuesday, according to unofficial results, edged out by Ed Morse, a longtime real estate appraiser from Hayden. Morse will face former longtime Kootenai County Clerk Dan English in the Nov. 6 general election.

Mager concedes race to French

Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager conceded defeat Wednesday in her bid for a second term. The election is to be certified Friday, and the latest results show challenger Al French with 50.8 percent of the vote to Mager’s 49.2 percent.

Vestal: In judicial elections, judgment often lacking

I have a confession: I’m not 100 percent sure who I voted for in the Supreme Court race. I’m pretty sure. Almost positive. Odds are 5-to-1 or better that I recall which of these guys – Justice Richard Sanders or probable winner Charlie Wiggins – got my ill-informed, ill-considered vote.

Spin Control: Pace of ballot counting sure gets the dander up

One sure sign that fall is easing into winter is that political types are complaining about how long it takes to count ballots in Washington state. This rant usually starts about three days after an election, when the results of most races have been known for two days but a few close contests hang in the balance. This year, the main target of the whining is a state Supreme Court race, which on Friday was still somewhat in doubt.