Simpson, Labrador wins underscore Idaho GOP power
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho Republicans easily kept the state's two U.S. House seats firmly in their party's hands with the election of incumbent U.S. Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador.
With 78 percent of precincts reporting, Simpson tallied 68 percent, to 32 percent for his Democratic rival, Nicole LeFavour.
Meanwhile, Labrador was beating ex-NFL player Jimmy Farris, 63 percent to 30 percent, with 60 percent of precincts tallied.
For Labrador, Tuesday night's win came after sweeping into office in 2010 on a wave of tea party support.
Simpson doused LeFavour's hopes of winning at least 40 percent of the vote, a level she said would be a positive indicator for a renewed run in 2014.
Both winners said their top post-election priorities upon returning to Washington, D.C. include helping trim the national debt.