Idaho set to have first female lieutenant governor



From the Eye on Boise blog:

In near-final results — with just one precinct still out — former state Rep. Janice McGeachin of Idaho Falls has won the Republican primary for lieutenant governor with 29 percent of the vote. Finishing second was former Idaho Republican Party Chair Steve Yates of Idaho Falls with 27 percent; the race was too close to call last night. This morning, McGeachin’s lead has widened to 2,765 votes.

In a near-dead heat for third place are Sen. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, with 15 percent - 26,571 votes - and Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, also with 15 percent, at 26,473 votes. That’s a 98-vote difference between the two.

Rep. Kelley Packer, R-McCammon, wasn’t far behind, with 14 percent of the vote — 24,269 votes.

In the Democratic primary, Kristin Collum of Boise defeated Sun Valley dentist Jim Fabe, 88 percent to 12 percent. So the contest in the November general election will be between two women — McGeachin and Collum — and with no other candidates running, Idaho is now guaranteed to get its first female lieutenant governor this year.

By the way, the single precinct that’s still out appears to be in north-central Idaho’s District 7, where 61 of the 62 precincts are reporting.