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Fulcher, Simpson, Jordan win Idaho Congressional primaries

Rep. Russ Fulcher has won the Republican primary for Idaho’s 1st Congressional District.

Fulcher defeated Boise resident Nicholas Jones, who owns several board game shops and burger eateries. Fulcher, who is seeking his second term in the U.S. House, will be a heavy favorite in the fall. Rudy Soto was leading in the Democratic primary.

President Donald Trump endorsed Fulcher in a tweet earlier on June 2.

Idaho’s 2020 primary became the state’s first mail-in primary due to the coronavirus pandemic, and then a ruling in a federal lawsuit gave voters an extra week to request ballots.

It was the lawsuit by Jones that extended the deadline for requesting ballots.

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Mike Simpson has won the Republican primary for Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District.

Simpson, who has been in office since 1999, defeated Kevin Rhoades, a Boise resident and small businessman. Rhoades tried to position himself to the right of Simpson. But Simpson has a long history of bringing in federal dollars for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory, one of the largest employers in Simpson’s district as well as the state.

President Donald Trump endorsed Simpson in a tweet earlier on June 2.

Simpson will be a heavy favorite in the fall. He will face Democrat C. Aaron Swisher in the fall, who ran unopposed in the primary.

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Paulette Jordan has won the Idaho Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.

Jordan, who was her party’s 2018 gubernatorial nominee, garnered national attention during that campaign amid hopes from supporters that she could become the first Native American governor in the United States. She lost to Republican and then Lt. Gov. Brad Little. Jordan is a former state lawmaker.

She’ll face incumbent Sen. Jim Risch, who will be heavily favored in November in conservative Idaho. Risch ran unopposed in the GOP primary.

Jordan is a member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe with a long history of working on the tribal council. Jordan has generally advocated for progressive policies, including teacher loan forgiveness, better rural education and better access to health care.

 

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