Governor Butch Otter beat Russell Fulcher 51%-44% in statewide primary to face off against AJ Balukoff who handily won his primary over Terry Kerr 65%-35%. In the GOP primary Harley Brown received 5,004 votes (3%) and Walt Bayes received 2,731 votes (2%). In Ada County Russ Fulcher beat Governor Butch Otter by 1,447 votes (50.78% to 46.10 %).
In other statewide races, Senator Jim Rish trounced his primary opponent Jeremy Anderson 80% – 20% and will face off against Nels Mitchell in the November election. Raul Labrador easily won with 79% of the vote and will face Shirley Ringo for the House District 1 Seat. In what was expected to be much closer, Congressman Mike Simpson beat Bryan Smith 62%-38% for the House District 2 Republican slot in November.
Local favorite, Melba Superintendent Andrew Grover failed to gather enough support to win the GOP contender for Superintendent of Public Instruction. In a very evenly distributed race, Sherri Ybarra took the top slot with 29% of the votes followed by Randy Jensen (24%), John Eynon (24%) and Grover (23%). Only 7,835 votes separated the Ybarra from Grover.
In other races
GOP Lieutenant Governor – Brad Little 67% over Jim Chmelik
GOP Secretery of State – Lawrence Denny (37%) over Phil McGrane (28%), Evan Frasure (19%) and Mitch Toryanski (16%)
GOP Controller – Brandon Woolf (51%) over Todd Hatfield (49%)
GOP Attorney General – Lawrence Wasden (59%) over Chris Troupis (41%)
State Senate GOP District 22
Lori DenHartog beat Charles Porter 1,943-1,690 (53%-47%)
State House GOP Position 21B
Thomas Dayley beat Ricky Bowman 2,521-889 (74%-26%)
Other School Levy Votes around the State
Several other school districts were revisiting their levies or attempting to pass new ones. Salmon River Joint School District, Basin School District, Bruneau-Grandview Joint School, Glenns Ferry Joint School District, Mountain View School District, Nez Perce Joint School District and Valley School District all passed by wider percentages than the Kuna School District, which also won.