Jordan, Little win primary

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

Greg Nash

The hard-fought Republican primary race ended with Little winning with 37.4 percent - a five-point victory over Labrador who got 32.4 percent.

With about 40% of the state's precincts reporting, the Republican race for governor is a three-way contest, with Lieutenant Governor Brad Little jumping to an early lead over Congressman Raul Labrador and Boise developer and physician Tommy Ahlquist.

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Former state Rep. Paulette Jordan has won the Democratic primary for Idaho governor.

Jordan is the first woman to become the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Idaho. "Butch" Otter announced he wouldn't seek a fourth term. She's running as a pro-LGBTQ rights, pro-marijuana legalization, pro-Medicaid expansion Democrat in a deeply red state.

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If she wins the general election, Jordan would not only be the first woman to serve as Idaho governor, but also the first Native American woman to serve in that position in any state.

Idaho is a conservative state experiencing an economic boost from the tech industry and an extraordinarily low unemployment rate at 2.8 percent.

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The open governor's race saw heated advertising among three leading Republican candidates and gathered national attention due to a potentially historic candidacy on the Democratic side.

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