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This Primary Upset Is No Small Potatoes

Vaughn Ward will not be the Republican nominee in Idaho’s 1st congressional district.

Idaho state Rep. Raul Labrador has won the Republican nomination in the state’s 1st Congressional District, pulling an upset over rival Vaughn Ward.

Labrador won Tuesday even though he had a significant fundraising disadvantage and despite launching his bid just six months ago.

He’ll face another difficult challenge against first-term Democrat Walt Minnick, who has more than $1 million cash on hand heading into the general election campaign season.

With 409 of 462 precincts reporting, Labrador collected 45.6 percent of the vote compared to 40 percent for Ward.

This is one of those deep-red districts where one wonders how a Democrat ever won it; the GOP will have to hope that Labrador can remind the district that no matter how often Minnick votes against Pelosi, he still helps make her speaker.

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