Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little wins GOP gubernatorial primary, and Rep. Raul Labrador is joining the job market
Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little won Tuesday's Republican primary to replace Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, who is retiring after three terms. Little, 64 and Otter's handpicked successor, defeated a handful of challengers, most prominently Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) and Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist. Labrador (pictured) is the fourth Republican member of Congress to gamble on statewide office and lose this year; another GOP incumbent, Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.), was unseated in his primary last week. Republican Russ Fulcher, 56, won the GOP primary to replace Labrador in Idaho's 1st congressional district.
Little will face Democratic state Rep. Paulette Jordan, 38, who is vying to be Idaho's first female governor and the first Native American woman to lead any state. Jordan, a member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, beat 72-year-old businessman A.J. Balukoff in the Democratic primary.