Russ Fulcher Wins GOP Primary for Raúl Labrador's House Seat

Russ Fulcher Wins GOP Primary for Raúl Labrador's House Seat

However, despite anticipation that Jordan will be a formidable opponent in the general election, the victor of the Republican primary in Idaho tends to indicate who will be Idaho's next governor come January.

The competition was fierce in the seven-way Republican primary, with two current state representatives, a former Idaho lieutenant governor and attorney general, and Fulcher, who took 43.6 percent of the vote in an unsuccessful primary challenge to Gov.

In the race for lieutenant governor, the seat Brad Little is vacating, former state Representative Janice McGeachin and former Idaho GOP chairman Steve Yates are virtually even in a five-way race that includes Coeur d'Alene state Senator Bob Nonini.

Idaho is a conservative state experiencing an economic boost from the tech industry and an extraordinarily low unemployment rate at 2.8 percent.

The new governor also will face key health care decisions now that supporters of a Medicaid expansion initiative effort claim they have collected enough signatures to get it on the November ballot.

Former state Sen. Russ Fulcher earned the Republican nomination to succeed outgoing Congressman Raul Labrador.

Fulcher, 56, beat six other Republicans in Tuesday's primary. Prior to joining the state Senate, he had worked as a businessman in Idaho's burgeoning technology industry.

Fulcher said in a February interview that he has a collaborative style, stemming from his time in the state Legislature. That race was too close to call late Tuesday night.

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