Russ Fulcher wins Idaho GOP primary to replace Labrador in Congress

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Democrat Paulette Jordan and Republican Brad Little will square off in the November General Election in their bid to become Idaho's next governor. On the Democratic side, Boise realtor Cristina McNeil has 70% of the vote and a big lead over two opponents.

Tonight, voters in Idaho's 1st Congressional District will nominate a new Republican candidate for the seat vacated by House Freedom Caucus founding member Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho.

The gubernatorial seat became a top race when Otter announced he wouldn't seek a fourth term - marking the first time in 12 years the top statewide office would be open.

"We applaud A.J. Balukoff for running a vigorous campaign and know he will continue to be a leader on the issues that matter most to all Idahoans". Butch Otter four years ago, in the mix, along with a conservative blogger and author from Bonners Ferry, a recently retired Army lieutenant colonel from Nampa and a pilot from Post Falls.

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First appointed to the state Senate in 2005, Fulcher served in the chamber until 2014, when he ran unsuccessfully for governor. "I didn't take it for granted, and I won't let those people down".

In final, unofficial election results this morning, a half-dozen incumbent GOP legislators have been defeated in the primary - all in eastern Idaho.

Malek, 36, a Coeur d'Alene attorney and former deputy Kootenai County prosecutor, cited his successful work in the Legislature to fund community crisis centers around the state, extend broadband to rural school districts and increase certain criminal penalties.

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