Crapo, Simpson both hold their seats in the primary election

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By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports

Sen. Mike Crapo held his seat on Tuesday night as the expected Republican candidate for Idaho’s seat in the U.S. Senate. 

Crapo took 67.09% of the Republican vote, earning 177,203 votes.

Challenger Scott Trotter took 10.47% of the Republican vote, earning 27,644 votes. 

Brenda Bourn took 8.17% of the Republican vote, earning 21,581  votes. 

Ramont Turnbull took 7.89% of the Republican vote, earning 20,837 votes. 

Natalie Fleming took 6.38% of the Republican vote, earning 16,864 votes. 

In the Democratic primary, David Roth took the lead with 57.8% of the Democratic vote, earning 19,117 votes. Democrat Ben Pursley took 42.19% of the Democratic vote, earning 13,951 votes. 

Crapo, Roth, Independent candidate Scott OH Cleveland, Libretarian candidate Idaho Sierra Law (also known as Carta Reale Sierra), and Constitutional Candidate Ray Writz will challenge each other in the November primary election. 

In the congressional race for Idaho’s U.S. Representative for District 2, incumbent Rep. Mike Simpson held his seat as the Republican candidate with 54.6% of the vote.

Simpson’s held that office since 1999. He garnered 66,739 Republican votes.

Republican challenger Bryan Smith took 32.70% of the vote, with 39,971 votes.

Flint Christensen took 5.77% of the Republican vote, with 7,051 votes.

Chris Porter took 5.15% of the Republican vote, with 6,299 votes.

Daniel Algiers Lucas Levy took 1.77% of the Republican vote, with 2,168 votes.

Simpson will face Democrat Wendy Norman in the November election. 


<strong>Ruth Brown</strong> | Producer
Ruth Brown | Producer

Ruth Brown grew up in South Dakota and her first job out of college was covering the South Dakota Legislature. She’s since moved on to Idaho lawmakers. Brown spent 10 years working in print journalism, including newspapers such as the Idaho Statesman and Idaho Press, where she’s covered everything from the correctional system to health care issues. She joined Idaho Reports in 2021 and looks forward to telling stories about how state policy can impact the lives of regular Idahoans.

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