Election updates: Jordan, Little win nominations for governor

Democratic candidate for governor Paulette Jordan greets supporters gathered at The Handle Bar in Downtown Boise on the night of the May 2018 primary.
Democratic candidate for governor Paulette Jordan greets supporters gathered at The Handle Bar in Downtown Boise on the night of the May 2018 primary. Special to the Idaho Statesman

Revisit highlights from Tuesday's primary election in this archived live blog. If you're looking for straight-up result totals, follow this link for the latest.

3:25 a.m.: With almost all of Canyon County counted, it appears women will form a majority on the county commission. Meanwhile, incumbent Coroner Vicki DeGeus-Morris, who has served since 1990, lost to challenger Jennifer Crawford. Read more about the county's races here.

A handful of state lawmakers also lost their re-election bids. You'll find a roundup of those races here.

Finally, the lieutenant governor's race remains close — but if former state Rep. Janice McGeachin keeps her lead in the Republican primary, Idahoans will have a female lieutenant governor for the first time ever in 2019. McGeachin would face Democrat Kristin Collum this fall.

12:14 a.m.: The Associated Press has called the GOP gubernatorial primary in favor of Brad Little. Almost 70 percent of the votes have been counted.

“I’ve talked to both Tommy (Ahlquist) and Raul (Labrador). And to them and their families, their supporters, my hat is off to you," Little said. “In case you did not notice, this was a pretty hard-fought campaign. ... Now it is time to turn our attention to November. The die is cast. We know who the list of candidates are.”

Tommy Ahlquist issued the following statement:

“Congratulations to Lieutenant Governor Brad Little on a hard fought race. I look forward to supporting him in the general election and wish him the best. I want to thank my family and all of my tremendous supporters from across the state from the bottom of my heart. The people of Idaho are amazing and deserve the best in the future. We ran this campaign on a conservative blueprint to build an even better Idaho. While I would have liked a different result, I am grateful and honored for the opportunity to move some of these important issues forward in public dialogue. This has been an incredible and life changing experience spending the past 15 months with the people of Idaho.”

11:36 p.m.: The Associated Press has called the GOP District 1 congressional primary in favor of Russ Fulcher.

11:28 p.m.: The Democratic Caucus released the following statement on Paulette Jordan's primary victory:

“We congratulate Paulette Jordan for her victory tonight. The primary has energized so many voters around the state and we sincerely hope that momentum carries into the general election. Like so many Idahoans, Democrats value the opportunities that education and expanded access to quality healthcare can bring to our citizens. We support Paulette’s fight to bring those issues to the forefront so every Idahoan has a fair shot at success, prosperity and a healthy future. We applaud A.J. Balukoff for running a vigorous campaign and know he will continue to be a leader on the issues that matter most to all Idahoans.”

10:59 p.m.: The Associated Press has declared Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan as the winner in tonight's primary.

10:51 p.m.: Russ Fulcher leads in the GOP race to replace U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador. Fulcher said Tuesday night that his earlier run for governor put him in a strong position from the beginning.

"The friendships and the relationships were in place," Fulcher said. "I'm deeply honored people remembered me. I'm not going to let them down." "We feel like things are going to go our way," he said at 10:15 p.m.

10:33 p.m.: More videos and tweets from tonight.

10:18 p.m.: Paulette Jordan holds a nearly 7,000 vote lead over AJ Balukoff in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Brad Little leads Raul Labrador by nearly 5,000 votes in the Republican race.

10:08 p.m.: Former commissioner Sharon Ullman holds a nearly 6 percent lead so far over incumbent Dave Case in tonight's District 3 commissioner race.

9:56 p.m.: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan holds a sizeable lead so far over AJ Balukoff in tonight's primary. With 137 of 951 precincts reporting, Jordan leads by nearly 5,000 votes. In the Republican race, Brad Little holds a 3,000 vote lead over Raul Labrador.

9:26 p.m.: Some more videos and tweets from tonight.

9:22 p.m.: Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane: "I am super curious to see what actual turnout was for the Democratic Party, because we were certainly overwhelmed by it today."

9:15 p.m.: We're getting early results. With just a few thousand votes cast, Brad Little is leading the GOP governor's race with 4,400 votes. Raul Labrador and Tommy Ahlquist have roughly 2,900 and 2,500, respectively.

On the Democratic side, Paulette Jordan is ahead of AJ Balukoff, 3,300 to 2,500 votes.

Cristina McNeil has an early lead over her opponents in the Democratic primary for Congressional District 1, with 1,100 votes — 700 more than the next closest candidate.

And Russ Fulcher has roughly 2,600 votes to lead the seven-way Republican primary for that congressional seat. The next closest is David Leroy with 1,400 votes.

9:11 p.m.: A judge has denied the Idaho Democratic Party's request to extend polling hours at two Boise precincts, communications director Shelby Scott said. The reason for the denial was "a lack of sworn evidence," she said.

8:58 p.m.: The Idaho Democratic Party is asking that two precincts in Boise stay open until 9:30 p.m. to accommodate a shortage of Democratic ballots from earlier in the day, according to communications director Shelby Scott. Precincts 1809 (off Pennsylvania Street and E. Boise) and 1911 (Off State Street and Whitewater Avenue) are the precincts in question.

Scott said that voters were not turned away from polls, but that some may have left rather than wait for ballots. Leaving the polls open would give those people a chance to vote, she said.

"I don't know the last time we ran out of ballots," Scott told the Idaho Statesman. "The reports that we heard is that people aren't being turned away from poll workers ... (but) we want to make sure that they have the opportunity."

8:39 p.m.: Candidates and the major political parties are gathering to watch the results. Some images from across Boise:

8:08 pm.: More on that turnout... Democratic interest in some parts of Ada County was double what election officials expected here. Deputy County Clerk Phil McGrane said the county ordered almost 30,000 Democratic primary ballots, "which is about three times the last primary turnout."

The county shortly before 7 p.m. said it was rushing more ballots out to polling places.

Why all the interest? This spring's competitive Democratic gubernatorial primary is the easy guess.

Voter turnout for primaries in Ada County has been trending downward since 1980, McGrane said. It is typically 25 to 30 percent.

8 p.m.: Polls are closing in southern Idaho at the end of a busy primary day. Primary elections don't usually attract the turnout of a November general election. But Democratic interest in this spring's races has been high enough to keep both Ada and Canyon county officials working to supply enough Democratic ballots throughout Tuesday.

One important note: If you arrived to vote before 8 and you are still in line, don't leave — you will still be able to cast a ballot.

Voting is still going in north Idaho, which is in Pacific time. Once those polls close, at 9 p.m. Mountain, we should start to get early returns.

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