Top Idaho Republican elected officials said their party will unify after Tuesday’s primary election that featured a congressional race that received national attention, turnover in some legislative races, and several contested constitutional offices.
Gathered on the steps of the Idaho Statehouse, party chairman Norm Semanko said primary voters picked an incredible team of Republican champions. Gov. Butch Otter agreed that Republicans are now one team after finishing many competitive primaries across the state.
Otter also said that Republicans still have the right ideas for Idahoans.
Secretary of State Ben Ysursa said that all candidates received a reminder in democracy with Tuesday’s primary. “We all know who the boss is,” he said. “The people are the boss.” He agreed with others in the party that the GOP is doing a good job leading the state.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, who like Ysursa had no primary challenger but faces a Democrat in the November election, said the GOP should hold onto all of Idaho’s statewide offices, including his post leading public schools. “There’s a perception among Democrats and liberals that they have a corner on the market when it comes to what’s best for education,” he told IdahoReporter.com. I don’t agree with that. I think the plan that we’ve put in place has demonstrated very impressive results.”
Republicans and Democrats will next head to party conventions in June then ramping up campaign activities before the November 2 general election.
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