Former state Sen. Russ Fulcher (R), who last August declared his gubernatorial candidacy, has decided to re-direct his political quest away from the statewide race and toward an open congressional campaign. After Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Eagle/Boise) joined the highly competitive Governor’s contest to replace retiring incumbent Butch Otter (R), the open western state 1st District, Fulcher believes, gives him a better chance for victory. There he will face former Lt. Gov. David LeRoy and ex-Idaho County Commissioner James Rockwell in the forming Republican primary. The 1st District is a safe Republican seat.
Now that Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Eagle/Boise) has announced for Governor, candidates are beginning to come forward for what will be the open western Idaho 1st District. Former Lt. Gov. David LeRoy and ex-Idaho County Commissioner James Rockwell announced their candidacies for the Republican nomination, and military veteran Michael Smith says he will run for the Democrats. The eventual Republican nominee will be a heavy favorite to hold the seat.
Four-term Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Eagle/Boise) announced yesterday that he will enter his state’s open gubernatorial contest. Mr. Labrador joins Lt. Gov. Brad Little, former state Sen. Russ Fulcher, and physician/ developer Tommy Ahlquist in the Republican field. Rep. Labrador, a key member of the House Freedom Caucus, hopes to rally the most conservative Idaho Republican primary voter as a base to propel him to a primary victory. The eventual GOP nominee will be the prohibitive favorite to win the general election. Three-term Gov. Butch Otter (R) is retiring.
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