It's final: Republicans conquer Kootenai County

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COEUR d’ALENE — It was a pretty good day to have an “R” after your name.

Republicans ruled across the nation Tuesday, and Democrats in Kootenai County weren’t spared, either.

Longtime County Clerk Dan English fell — heavily — to his Republican opponent, former Post Falls Police Chief Cliff Hayes. Democrat Jody DeLuca Hissong, who has served as deputy coroner for 27 years, was blitzed by Republican Deb Wilkey. Another race that was assured a Republican winner failed to produce the tension some anticipated. Primary County Commission winner Jai Nelson had no trouble defeating fellow Republican and write-in candidate Rick Currie. The other write-in race was also a yawner: state Rep. Phil Hart easily beat fellow Republican Howard Griffiths.

Kootenai County-based Republicans captured every legislative seat, in fact. Just up the interstate from us, even longtime Silver Valley Democrat Mary Lou Shepherd was ousted by her Republican foe, Shannon McMillan.

In two of the most intriguing contests, Christie Wood and Ken Howard defeated Robert Ketchum and Ron Nilson for seats on the North Idaho College Board of Trustees. While Wood and Howard had plenty of support from prominent area Democrats, the election was technically non-partisan.

Republicans scored big downstate, too. Raul Labrador brought an end to Democrat Walt Minnick’s lone term in Congress; incumbent schools boss Tom Luna whipped his challenger, Democrat Stan Olson; and Gov. Butch Otter easily outdistanced his Democratic opponent, Keith Allred.

In Kootenai County, the elections department had its hands full. Because there were so many write-in and absentee ballots to count, the process crawled along at a snail’s pace. At 3:30 a.m. just 45 of the county’s 75 precincts had been counted. By 4:30 a.m., the state’s web site showed 928 of 961 precincts reporting — 18 of the unreported ones belonging to Kootenai County.

But when the final tally was posted — at 5:11 this morning — there was some reason to cheer. The county did not immediately post total voter turnout, but Press calculations showed it just over 60 percent. While unofficial, here are all the final numbers for the Kootenai County 2010 general election:

            PRECINCTS COUNTED (OF 75) .  .  .  .  .        75  100.00
REGISTERED VOTERS - TOTAL . . . . . 70,200
BALLOTS CAST - TOTAL. . . . . . . 85,432
BALLOTS CAST - PG 1 . . . . . . . 42,726
BALLOTS CAST - PG 2 . . . . . . . 42,706
VOTER TURNOUT - TOTAL . . . . . .

US SENATOR
Vote for 1
(WITH 75 OF 75 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Randy Lynn Bergquist (CON). . . . . 1,701 4.03
Mike Crapo (REP) . . . . . . . . 29,983 71.05
P. Tom Sullivan (DEM) . . . . . . 10,476 24.82
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 40 .09
Total . . . . . . . . . 42,200

US REPRESENTATIVE DIST 1
Vote for 1
(WITH 75 OF 75 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Raul R. Labrador (REP) . . . . . . 21,659 51.60
Walt Minnick (DEM) . . . . . . . 16,824 40.08
Dave Olson (IND) . . . . . . . . 2,620 6.24
Mike Washburn (LIB) . . . . . . . 870 2.07
Total . . . . . . . . . 41,973

GOVERNOR
Vote for 1
(WITH 75 OF 75 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Keith Allred (DEM) . . . . . . . 11,246 26.59
Ted Dunlap (LIB) . . . . . . . . 568 1.34
Jana M. Kemp (IND) . . . . . . . 1,585 3.75
C.L. "Butch" Otter (REP) . . . . . 28,381 67.10
Pro-Life (IND). . . . . . . . . 517 1.22
Total . . . . . . . . . 42,297

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
Vote for 1
(WITH 75 OF 75 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Brad Little (REP). . . . . . . . 28,820 69.42
Paul Venable (CON) . . . . . . . 1,858 4.48
Eldon Wallace (DEM) . . . . . . . 10,838 26.11
Total . . . . . . . . . 41,516

SECRETARY OF STATE
Vote for 1
(WITH 75 OF 75 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Mack Sermon (DEM). . . . . . . . 10,703 25.94
Ben Ysursa (REP) . . . . . . . . 30,557 74.06
Total . . . . . . . . . 41,260

STATE CONTROLLER
Vote for 1
(WITH 75 OF 75 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Donna M Jones (REP) . . . . . . . 29,473 72.04
Bruce Robinett (DEM). . . . . . . 11,438 27.96
Total . . . . . . . . . 40,911

STATE TREASURER
Vote for 1
(WITH 75 OF 75 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Ron Crane (REP) . . . . . . . . 35,107 100.00
Total . . . . . . . . . 35,107

ATTORNEY GENERAL
Vote for 1
(WITH 75 OF 75 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Lawrence Wasden (REP) . . . . . . 34,928 100.00
Total . . . . . . . . . 34,928

SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION
Vote for 1
(WITH 75 OF 75 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Tom Luna (REP). . . . . . . . . 28,662 69.00
Stan Olson (DEM) . . . . . . . . 12,877 31.00
Total . . . . . . . . . 41,539

STATE SENATOR LEG DIST 2
Vote for 1
(WITH 3 OF 3 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Joyce M. Broadsword (REP) . . . . . 698 100.00
Total . . . . . . . . . 698

STATE REP LEG DIST 2 POS A
Vote for 1
(WITH 3 OF 3 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Shannon McMillan (REP) . . . . . . 469 57.62
Mary Lou Shepherd (DEM). . . . . . 345 42.38
Total . . . . . . . . . 814

STATE REP LEG DIST 2 POS B
Vote for 1
(WITH 3 OF 3 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
R.J. "Dick" Harwood (REP) . . . . . 567 68.89
Jon Ruggles (DEM). . . . . . . . 256 31.11
Total . . . . . . . . . 823

STATE SENATOR LEG DIST 3
Vote for 1
(WITH 22 OF 22 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Steve Vick (REP) . . . . . . . . 12,309 100.00
Total . . . . . . . . . 12,309

STATE REP LEG DIST 3 POS A
Vote for 1
(WITH 22 OF 22 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Vito Barbieri (REP) . . . . . . . 12,168 100.00
Total . . . . . . . . . 12,168

STATE REP LEG DIST 3 POS B
Vote for 1
(WITH 22 OF 22 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Phil Hart (REP) . . . . . . . . 9,170 75.25
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 3,016 24.75
Total . . . . . . . . . 12,186

STATE SENATOR LEG DIST 4
Vote for 1
(WITH 24 OF 24 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Jeremy P. Boggess (IND). . . . . . 2,821 24.16
John W. Goedde (REP). . . . . . . 8,263 70.78
Ray J. Writz (CON) . . . . . . . 590 5.05
Total . . . . . . . . . 11,674

STATE REP LEG DIST 4 POS A
Vote for 1
(WITH 24 OF 24 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Mike Bullard (DEM) . . . . . . . 4,739 38.14
Marge Chadderdon (REP) . . . . . . 7,685 61.86
Total . . . . . . . . . 12,424

STATE REP LEG DIST 4 POS B
Vote for 1
(WITH 24 OF 24 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Paula Marano (DEM) . . . . . . . 5,230 41.93
Kathleen Sims (REP) . . . . . . . 7,242 58.07
Total . . . . . . . . . 12,472

STATE SENATOR LEG DIST 5
Vote for 1
(WITH 26 OF 26 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Jim Hammond (REP). . . . . . . . 11,739 100.00
Total . . . . . . . . . 11,739

STATE REP LEG DIST 5 POS A
Vote for 1
(WITH 26 OF 26 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
David Larsen (DEM) . . . . . . . 3,674 26.92
Bob Nonini (REP) . . . . . . . . 9,973 73.08
Total . . . . . . . . . 13,647

STATE REP LEG DIST 5 POS B
Vote for 1
(WITH 26 OF 26 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Frank N. Henderson (REP) . . . . . 11,707 100.00
Total . . . . . . . . . 11,707

COUNTY COMMISSIONER DIST 2
Vote for 1
(WITH 75 OF 75 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Jai Nelson (REP) . . . . . . . . 30,899 85.19
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 5,370 14.81
Total . . . . . . . . . 36,269

COUNTY COMMISSIONER DIST 3
Vote for 1
(WITH 75 OF 75 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Dan Green (REP) . . . . . . . . 34,021 100.00
Total . . . . . . . . . 34,021

CLERK OF DISTRICT COURT
Vote for 1
(WITH 75 OF 75 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Dan English (DEM). . . . . . . . 16,290 39.51
Cliff Hayes (REP). . . . . . . . 24,935 60.49
Total . . . . . . . . . 41,225

COUNTY TREASURER
Vote for 1
(WITH 75 OF 75 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Tom Malzahn (REP). . . . . . . . 35,709 100.00
Total . . . . . . . . . 35,709

COUNTY ASSESSOR
Vote for 1
(WITH 75 OF 75 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Mike McDowell (REP) . . . . . . . 35,609 100.00
Total . . . . . . . . . 35,609

COUNTY CORONER
Vote for 1
(WITH 75 OF 75 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Jody DeLuca Hissong (DEM) . . . . . 13,851 33.97
Debbie Wilkey (REP) . . . . . . . 26,918 66.03
Total . . . . . . . . . 40,769

NORTH IDAHO TRUSTEE POS A
Vote for 1
(WITH 75 OF 75 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Kenneth B. Howard. . . . . . . . 16,221 51.61
Ronald D. Nilson . . . . . . . . 15,211 48.39
Total . . . . . . . . . 31,432

NORTH IDAHO TRUSTEE POS B
Vote for 1
(WITH 75 OF 75 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Robert G. Ketchum. . . . . . . . 13,637 40.70
Christie Wood . . . . . . . . . 19,870 59.30
Total . . . . . . . . . 33,507

MAGISTRATE JUDGE CALDWELL
Vote for 1
(WITH 75 OF 75 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 28,392 81.50
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 6,445 18.50
Total . . . . . . . . . 34,837

MAGISTRATE JUDGE FRIEDLANDER
Vote for 1
(WITH 75 OF 75 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 27,998 80.05
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 6,977 19.95
Total . . . . . . . . . 34,975

MAGISTRATE JUDGE STOW
Vote for 1
(WITH 75 OF 75 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 27,862 80.92
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 6,569 19.08
Total . . . . . . . . . 34,431

MAGISTRATE JUDGE WATSON
Vote for 1
(WITH 75 OF 75 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 28,145 80.34
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 6,889 19.66
Total . . . . . . . . . 35,034

MAGISTRATE JUDGE WAYMAN
Vote for 1
(WITH 75 OF 75 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 28,518 81.62
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 6,420 18.38
Total . . . . . . . . . 34,938

S.J.R. 101
Vote for 1
(WITH 75 OF 75 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 23,551 57.38
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 17,491 42.62
Total . . . . . . . . . 41,042

H.J.R. 4
Vote for 1
(WITH 75 OF 75 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 23,974 58.50
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 17,004 41.50
Total . . . . . . . . . 40,978

H.J.R. 5
Vote for 1
(WITH 75 OF 75 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 18,358 45.57
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 21,930 54.43
Total . . . . . . . . . 40,288

H.J.R. 7
Vote for 1
(WITH 75 OF 75 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 19,017 47.56
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 20,969 52.44
Total . . . . . . . . . 39,986

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