2nd Congressional District Democratic nominee Debbie Holmes celebrates with her sons Jesse and Joshua
Larry and Chris LaRocco are all smiles after Larry's big primary win in his bid for the U.S. Senate
District 19 candidate Brian Cronin and Ada County Commissioner Paul Woods
1st District Congressional candidate Walt Minnick talks with KTVB's Ysabel Bilbao
Fairy Hitchcock shows her Democratic pride
The 2008 Idaho Primary is history. Here are the results as they stand at about 11:45 p.m. Get the latest state results here.
The closest race is that between Idaho Supreme Court candidates John Bradbury and Joel Horton, who are deadlocked at 50 percent each. Debbie Holmes kicked Dave Sneddon's DINO butt by a 70-30 margin to earn a chance to take on Mike Simpson, and Larry LaRocco bested David "Not the American Idol" Archuleta by a similar margin. LaRocco delivered a blistering speech against November opponent Jim Risch tonight, calling out the Republican nominee on his "Robin Hood in Reverse" tax shift and his fealty to corporate interests over working Idahoans, and inviting Independents and Republicans to consider the LaRocco campaign. Meanwhile, 1st District candidate Walt Minnick took a good swipe at Bill Sali for his gall in showing up at Memorial Day ceremonies when he voted against the new G.I. Bill just days before.
On the inconsequential presidential ballot, Ron Paul took about 25 percent of the GOP vote, but the Channel 7 team commented how Paul's supporters were far more visible at GOP headquarters than those for presumptive nominee John McCain. On the Dem side, Barack Obama is beating Hillary Clinton by about 19 percent - not the thrashing we delivered at the caucus (where it mattered) in February, but good enough.
Also on the GOP side, some of the most conservative Idaho legislators seem to be losing to more moderate challengers, including
Mark Snodgrass beating Shirley McKague and Pat Tagasuki handily defeating Curtis Bowers. It's too soon to say what happened in the District 14 race between Mike
Moyle and Nancy Merrill (where write-in votes will be tallied late into the night), but Democrat Michelle Waddell will take on
Alas, Mike Moyle appears to have won, too. Here's hoping that the forces behind Nancy Merrill's write-in campaign will now get behind Michelle Waddell to remove the retrograde Moyle from power. These two seats - Moyle's and McKague's - deserve marquee billing and high Democratic/Independent/moderate Republican energy for November, although it'll be important to defend Boise's many progressive seats as well.
And in the end, Joel Horton beat John Bradbury by 196 votes in the SupCo race - the night's true squeaker. Many folks with whom I spoke yesterday expressed queasiness at voting for judges, and the slim margin separating the two suggests that many people had trouble making up their minds despite a very vocal Bradbury campaign. Horton's win may also reflect citizens' distaste at politicizing the judicial process. Who knows?
Several bloggers ran for office Tuesday, with mixed results. Our friend Sharon Fisher will be running for the House in District 21 after being unopposed in her Dem primary. Mountain Home Republican Tim Corder easily beat back a challenge from perennially angry man Clayton Cramer. And way up north we see that Lew Langness got the write-in votes he needed to get on the fall ballot in District 1. Since he blogs under another name, I'll leave it at that unless he - or his significant other - wants to share here.
There are plenty of other fascinating races in the pipeline for November. Add your favorites and your thoughts and analysis in the comments.