Denney captures secretary of state’s race

State Rep. Lawerence Denney rode a Republican wave to victory Tuesday evening, capturing the open race for secretary of state.

With 80 % of precincts reporting, the Midvale Republican had 57 percent of the vote to Boise Democratic state Rep. Holli Woodings’ 43 percent.

The race to succeed retiring twelve-year incumbent was a spirited one. Woodings outspent Denney by way of the race, bolstered by almost $ 200,000 in private loans to her campaign. The winner of a divided 4-way GOP principal, Denney also faced inquiries about his turbulent time as Idaho Home speaker House Republicans voted Denney out of the powerful leadership submit two years ago.

The secretary of state is the state’s chief elections officer. The secretary of state also holds 1 of five seats on the Idaho Land Board — a panel that decides the fate of endowment lands that create far more than $ 30 million yearly for public schools.

Denney has been a staunch advocate of pursuing a transfer of federal lands to state jurisdiction, claiming the move would create much more bucks for the K-twelve endowment. Critics say the value of managing these lands will exceed the proceeds from opening the land to logging or other functions.

Republicans cruised to victories in other statewide races, as Lt. Gov. Brad Small, Treasurer Ron Crane and Attorney Common Lawrence Wasden have been easily re-elected. Republican Controller Brandon Woolf was unopposed. (Full final results here.)

For Democrats, a single source of solace could be legislative elections. As of one:15 a.m., Democrats were poised to gain two seats in the Home, which would narrow the GOP’s supermajority to fifty five-15.

Paulette Jordan led Rep. Cindy Agidius, R-Moscow, Dan Rudolph led Rep. Thyra Stevenson, R-Lewiston, and Steve Berch led Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise. Republican Caroline Troy was foremost in the race to succeed Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, who lost in the 1st Congressional District race to GOP Rep. Raul Labrador.

As of 1:15, the state Senate was poised to continue to be 28-seven in Republicans’ favor.

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