6 incumbents defeated in primary, all in E. Idaho


From the Eye on Boise blog:

In final, unofficial election results this morning, a half-dozen incumbent GOP legislators have been defeated in the primary — all in eastern Idaho. Some lost big — notably Sen. Tony Potts and Rep. Jeff Thompson of Idaho Falls and House Education Chair Julie VanOrden of Pingree — and others lost in close races, including Reps. Ron Nate, R-Rexburg; Karey Hanks, R-St. Anthony; and Tom Loerscher, R-Iona, who lost by 139 votes after serving 30 years in the House.

No Democratic incumbents lost in the primary. Rep. John Gannon, D-Boise, handily fended off a primary challenge from Randy Neal, winning with 63 percent of the vote to Neal’s 37 percent.

Two open seats stayed in the family in the primary election results: Britt Raybound, granddaughter of retiring Rep. Dell Raybould, R-Rexburg, won a three-way race for the District 34B seat he’s leaving; and Linda Hartgen, wife of retiring Rep. Stephen Hartgen, R-Twin Falls, won the GOP primary for the District 24B seat he now holds, with 62 percent of the vote.

Read the full post at idahopress.com/eyeonboise.