I just couldn’t let go of the Jones-Ybarra race on Tuesday night.
As Democrat Jana Jones tried for her second time in eight years to claim the state superintendent of public instruction job against a Sherri Ybarra, a seemingly bruised candidate who carried the Republican mark beside her name, I was intensely interested in how the numbers would go.
By the time we put the paper to bed early Wednesday morning a significant number of Ada County votes were still unreported. Jones had been doing well in Ada all night and I wondered if the county would be enough to pull her ahead of Ybarra.
At 3 a.m., I was home, but not disconnected from the tally.
There I sat at my dining room table, laptop on, scanning the Ada County and Secretary of State’s election results sites for some indication of how the race would turn out.
Finally, droopy eyelids got the better of me. But as I hit the off button on my computer, it looked like Ybarra’s lead was holding. And as it turned out, Ada County wasn’t enough to put Jones in the superintendent’s seat.
Kevin Richert, at Idaho Education News, has put together an analysis of the Jones-Ybarra vote. Jones won eight counties, including Ada. Ybarra got the rest, much of it traditional Republican strongholds, Richert reports.
Read his full report here.