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2012 elections review: Five incumbents ousted in ID legislative primaries

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May 16, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional and State legislative teams

Last night, Idaho held legislative and congressional primary elections. A total of two congressional and 105 legislative seats are up for election in 2012.

Contested Primaries in Idaho -- May 15, 2012
U.S. House
(2 seats)
State Legislature
(105 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 2 (100%) 10 (9.52%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 2 (100%) 60 (57.14%)


See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Idaho, 2012

Idaho incumbents Raul Labrador and Mike Simpson both defeated challengers to gain nominations in their respective Republican primaries. Labrador defeated Reed McCandless in the 1st District and Simpson defeated M.C. Heileson in the 2nd District.

The 1st District held a close race in the Democratic primary between former NFL football player Jimmy Farris and Cynthia Clinkingbeard. Despite some legal trouble and suspending her active campaign[1][2][3], Clinkingbeard managed to present substantial primary competition for Farris. However, in the end Farris prevailed by a narrow margin and will face incumbent Raul Labrador in the general election.

Idaho State senator Nicole LeFavour defeated Jack Wayne Chappell in the 2nd District Democratic primary. She will face Simpson (R) in the general election for the 2nd District seat.

State legislatures

See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2012 and Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

All eyes last night were on the first ever closed Republican primary, where GOP House leaders dropped at least $15,000 in an attempt to kick out a number of Republican incumbents including Sens. Shawn Keough, Dean Cameron, and Patti Anne Lodge and Reps. Ken Roberts, George Eskridge.[4] Of those five, all won with the exception of Roberts, who was defeated by Dell Raybould in a three-way race.

Throughout the 105 seats up for election, 70 were contested primaries - 10 (9.52%) of these were Democratic races and 60 (57.14%) were Republican. Other notable races include:


Democratic Party In District 12, the Democratic nod went to Melissa Sue Robinson, who defeated Maria Mabbutt 175 to 171.

Republican Party In the District 12 Republican primary, Todd Lakey defeated House incumbent Robert E. Schaefer.

Republican Party District 23 Republican incumbent Tim Corder was defeated by challenger Bert Brackett


Republican Party Incumbent Phil Hart was defeated by challenger Ed Morse in District 2B

Republican Party incumbent Jim Marriott was defeated by challenger Julie Van Orden in District 31B

Idaho State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 7 6
     Republican Party 28 29
Total 35 35

Idaho House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 13 13
     Republican Party 57 57
Total 70 70

See also