GOP favorite Vaughn Ward loses to Raul Labrador in Idaho primary

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Vaughn Ward, one of the Republican Party's top recruits for the 2010 elections, lost his congressional primary in Idaho on Tuesday -- the latest establishment favorite to falter in an election this spring.

State Rep. Raul Labrador won 48 percent of the vote in Idaho's 1st Congressional District, which covers the north and west of the state. Ward won 39 percent; three others were well back.

Labrador, an immigration lawyer, will face Rep. Walt Minnick (D) in November. Minnick is a top GOP target; he won by fewer than 5,000 votes in 2008, becoming the first Idaho Democrat elected to the House since 1992.

-- Aaron Blake

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