Red, White & Blue
Simpson easily upends LeFavour in Idaho's 2nd CD
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson upended Democrat Nicole LeFavour in Idaho's 2nd Congressional District to win an eighth term in Congress.
With half of eastern Idaho precincts reporting Wednesday, Simpson had 68 percent of the vote, to LeFavour's 32 percent.
This would make eight elections that he's won by an average of 36 percentage points.
In an interview, Simpson said he expects a decision to avoid painful automatic budget cuts -- known as "sequestration," in Washington, D.C.-speak -- due to take effect Jan. 2 will be postponed months, while Congress and President Obama struggle with a compromise.
Simpson says he fears Tuesday's election, which reaffirmed the current constellation of a Democratic-led Senate, Republican-led House and an Obama-led White House, could be a recipe for more gridlock in the nation's capital.