Little elected Idaho's Governor
Historical horse racing voted down while Medicaid expansion initiative gets overwhelming support
Idahoans weighed in on two propositions at the polls yesterday. Voters denied a measure that would have allowed historical horse racing - essentially machines that allow people to gamble on recordings of horse races rather than live events; the initiative was struck down with 54.2% voting against the measure. Nearly 61% of voters, however, turned out in favor of Proposition 2, the measure to expand Medicaid coverage to more Idahoans.
Republican Brad Little won the gubernatorial race, earning nearly 60% of the votes to defeat his opponent, Democrat Paulette Jordan. Gov. Little had previously served as Lieutenant Governor of Idaho, and that position was filled by Republican Janice McGeachin after she defeated Kristin Collum with 59% of the votes.
Russ Fulcher is the District 1 congressional representative, defeating Cristina McNeil 176,475 to 88,362, and Sherri Ybarra won her re-election bid as Superintendent of Public Instruction, narrowly defeating Cindy Wilson 287,419 to 274,421 and earning 51% of the vote.
Final numbers updated for legislative races
The local races were finalized at about 4 a.m. today, just shy of two hours after the Gazette Record had published its Blitz and online updates. While the results remained unchanged, new numbers became available after the final Latah County precincts were called in.
St. Maries resident Margie Gannon narrowly lost the State Representative District 5, Seat A seat to Bill Goesling. The decision was split down the middle, with Mr. Goesling winning by 400 votes; the final tally was 9,898 to 9,491.
Incumbent Caroline Nilsson Troy retains District 5's Seat B after defeating Laurene Sorensen, 10,403 to 8,957.
Incumbent State Senator for District 5, Dan Foreman, was defeated by Democrat David Nelson, 11,197 to 8,264.
County votes in new commissioner
Benewah County has a new commissioner for District 3 as longtime representative Bud McCall was defeated by his opponent, Bob Short. Mr Short won the seat 1,912 to 1,797. Meanwhile, incumbent Commissioner representing District 1, Jack Buell, retains his seat after defeating Republican challenger Dale Ross, 1,934 to 1,775.