MAY 27, 2010

2010 Primary Election results

   Out of 14 precincts counted, Clearwater County residents cast 1,543 ballots in Tuesday’s Primary Election, a total of 35.11 percent of the 4,395 persons registered to vote.

   In terms of party selection for the Primary, 299 voters selected to vote in the Democratic races and 933 voted the Republican ticket.

   Stan Leach retained his seat on the Clearwater County Commission with 705 votes over challenger Clel Fay’s 408 for a margin of 60.93 percent to 35.26 percent respectively. This will be Leach’s fourth term in office if he is officially elected in the General Election in November. No Democrats ran for the commission seat; so Leach may run unopposed in the Nov 2 election unless a write-in candidate files by the Oct. 5, deadline.

   In the Judicial Races for Justice of the Supreme Court Roger Burdick was the overall winner. Statewide he had 99,044 (58.3%) over John Bradbury at 70,871 (41.7%), though it was a different call in Clearwater County with Bradbury having a lead at 1,073 votes to Burdick’s 284.

   For District Judge, District 2, Michael J. Griffin had 7,338 (64.5%) over Edwin L. Litteneker with 4,036 (35.5%). In Clearwater County Griffin won 752 votes to Litteneker’s 304.

   Statewide, Sheryl L. Nuxoll won the race for State Senator, District 8, with 3,830 (56.9%) votes over Leland G. Heinrich’s 2,896 (43.1%) votes. In Clearwater County, the count was 581 for Nuxoll and 472 for Heinrich.

   State Senator, District 9 was won statewide by Paul E. Shepherd with 5,080 votes.

   For State Representative Position A, Ken A. Roberts took the lead with 4,353 (69.4% of the vote statewide over Gordon Conrad’s 1,921 (30.6%). The vote for Clearwater County was Roberts lead with 733 votes over Conrad at 245 votes.

   For Precinct Committeeman, in Clearwater County, Ted Leach took 51 votes over Reuby Curfman’s 33.

   For United States Senator, Mike Crapo garnered 782 votes over Claude M. (Skip) Davis II taking 278 votes in Clearwater County. In the statewide election, Crapo won with 126,794 votes (79.3%). Democrat Walt Minnick had 11,402 votes statewide.

   U.S. House of Representative District 1, Raul R. Labrador took 377 votes over his nearest opponent, Vaughn Ward with 371. In the statewide tally Labrador had 38,661 (47.6%).

   U.S. House of Representative District 2, Mike Simpson took the lead statewide with 44,846 (58.3%) votes.

   In the race for Governor, Republican Gov. C. L. (Butch) Otter won the primary race with 88,744 votes (54.6%) statewide, over his nearest opponent Rex Rammell who had 42,288 (26.0%) votes.  Otter will have to face off in the November General Election. Former Harvard University professor, Democrat Keith Allred is opposing Otter in the bid to be Governor.

   The contest for Lieutenant Governor had Brad Little taking 489 votes in Clearwater County over his nearest opponent Steven Dana Pankey at 215 votes. Statewide, Little garnered 95,044 (67.5%) votes against Pankey’s 19,103 (13.6%).

   For the office of State Controller, Donna M. Jones had 492 votes over her nearest opponent Todd Hatfield at 427 in Clearwater County. Statewide, Jones took 80,032 (56.4%) of the vote. Hatfield had 61,830 (48.6%).

   Note: the final count on state votes are taken from the State of Idaho website, and are deemed “unofficial” at the time of this article.

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