GOP lawmaker who gave up seat to run for governor loses primary

Paulette Jordan speaks in Las Vegas in January

Paulette Jordan speaks in Las Vegas in January

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.

She is the first woman to become the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Idaho.

If she manages to win the general election in November, Jordan would be the country's first ever governor from a Native American tribe (Hawaii has had elected governors of native Hawaiian descent). "Butch" Otter on Tuesday night, while Jordan defeated her Democratic opponents. She was the only Democrat legislator from northern Idaho serving at the time. Young, progressive voters seemed to turn out in droves for Paulette Jordan. Balukoff, a moderate who contributed to Mitt Romney's 2008 and 2012 campaigns, ran as a pro-business candidate, while Jordan focused on populist issues, calling out state Republicans for their ties to big business interests. Little was narrowly winning the county with about 43 percent of the vote, while Labrador was the runner-up, with about 37 percent.

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