A mix of fresh and familiar: most legislative incumbents survived, but most of the party nominees are new

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Most sitting Idaho legislators chose to seek reelection this year. They were joined by a large field of new candidates, with the majority of Republicans facing a contested legislative primary on Tuesday. While a number of incumbents lost at the polls, Republican voters ultimately selected a mix of fresh andContinue reading “A mix of fresh and familiar: most legislative incumbents survived, but most of the party nominees are new”

Crapo, Simpson both hold their seats in the primary election

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 RepublicanContinue reading “Crapo, Simpson both hold their seats in the primary election”

McGrane takes Secretary of State GOP nominee place in close race

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports In a tight race, Phil McGrane led the primary for the open Idaho Secretary of State’s seat on Tuesday night to be the GOP candidate. Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane took 43.05% of the Republican vote, with 113,894 votes. Rep. Dorothy Moon, of Stanley, trailed closely behind taking 41.44% ofContinue reading “McGrane takes Secretary of State GOP nominee place in close race”

Two statewide incumbents lose seats, Wasden and Ybarra

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports After a heated campaign season, former congressman Raúl Labrador took the lead on Tuesday to serve as the next Republican nominee for Idaho’s attorney general. Labrador unseated five-term incumbent AG Lawrence Wasden. Labrador took 51.56% of the vote while Wasden took 37.91%. Wasden earned 103,049  votes, but Labrador earned 140,159Continue reading “Two statewide incumbents lose seats, Wasden and Ybarra”

House Speaker Scott Bedke set to be Lt. Gov. nominee

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports House Speaker Scott Bedke took the lead Tuesday night, collecting 51.6% of the Republican vote. Bedke, of Oakley, served as speaker of the House since 2012 and has been a representative since 2000. He earned 138,962 votes on Tuesday, according to unofficial results. Challenger Rep. Priscilla Giddings, of White Bird,Continue reading “House Speaker Scott Bedke set to be Lt. Gov. nominee”

Little holds seat, heads to the general election

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports As results rolled in Tuesday evening, it quickly became clear that Gov. Brad Little will serve as Idaho’s next Republican gubernatorial candidate, garnering 148,214 votes. With  52.76% of the vote Little took the lead, on track to hold his office for another four years.  Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin held secondContinue reading “Little holds seat, heads to the general election”

Primary analysis: A bad night for incumbents

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Tuesday was a bad night for incumbents. In the Idaho Legislature, 18 incumbents lost their Republican primary races, as did two House members who were attempting to move to the Senate. That list includes four lawmakers who lost to fellow incumbents who ended up in the same district. Of theContinue reading “Primary analysis: A bad night for incumbents”

Most Idaho lawmakers seek reelection, but face challengers along the way

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Amid a handful of retirements and a few campaigns for executive branch, most sitting Idaho lawmakers are running for reelection. Of Idaho’s 58 GOP House members, 39 are running to keep their seat, while eight have their eyes on the Senate. Of those representatives not seeking reelection, eight chose toContinue reading “Most Idaho lawmakers seek reelection, but face challengers along the way”