Legislature: Okuniewicz, Green deadlocked late

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  • Kootenai County candidates Marc Eberlein (far left), Tim Kastning (third from left), and Tony Wisniewski (fourth from left) join other Republicans gathered at Red Lion Templin’s Hotel in Post Falls on election night. (JUDD WILSON/Press)

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    Democratic candidate for District 3 state representative Dan Hanks discussed election returns with supporters at Capone’s in Coeur d’Alene Tuesday night. (JUDD WILSON/Press)

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    State legislative candidates Shem Hanks, Rebecca Schroeder, and Dan Hanks shared good times with Democratic supporters at Capone’s in Coeur d’Alene Tuesday night. (JUDD WILSON/Press)

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    Republican congressional candidate Nick Henderson watched the election returns with his campaign team and family Tuesday night. (JUDD WILSON/Press)

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    Sen. Steve Vick, Rep. Ron Mendive, state legislative candidate Jim Addis, and other Kootenai County Republicans turned out for a primary election night watch party Tuesday night. (JUDD WILSON/Press)

  • Kootenai County candidates Marc Eberlein (far left), Tim Kastning (third from left), and Tony Wisniewski (fourth from left) join other Republicans gathered at Red Lion Templin’s Hotel in Post Falls on election night. (JUDD WILSON/Press)

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    Democratic candidate for District 3 state representative Dan Hanks discussed election returns with supporters at Capone’s in Coeur d’Alene Tuesday night. (JUDD WILSON/Press)

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    State legislative candidates Shem Hanks, Rebecca Schroeder, and Dan Hanks shared good times with Democratic supporters at Capone’s in Coeur d’Alene Tuesday night. (JUDD WILSON/Press)

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    Republican congressional candidate Nick Henderson watched the election returns with his campaign team and family Tuesday night. (JUDD WILSON/Press)

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    Sen. Steve Vick, Rep. Ron Mendive, state legislative candidate Jim Addis, and other Kootenai County Republicans turned out for a primary election night watch party Tuesday night. (JUDD WILSON/Press)

COEUR d’ALENE — Contested Republican primaries for state legislative seats in Districts 2-4 fueled voter turnout in Kootenai County on Tuesday.

At 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, Kootenai County elections officials had not completed counting votes. According to unofficial results as of that time based on absentee ballots and 18 of 70 precincts, in District 2, Republicans John Green and Doug Okuniewicz were neck-and-neck in a bid to replace outgoing Rep. Eric Redman in the state legislature, with Green ahead 978-949.

Fritz Wiedenhoff trailed incumbent Rep. Vito Barbieri 1,314-664 for the district’s other seat in the Idaho House of Representatives.

In District 3, former Rep. Kathy Sims asked voters to send her back to Boise after a two-year absence, but Tony Wisniewski led her 918-810 in the contest to replace outgoing Rep. Don Cheatham as district representative. In District 4, first-term Republican incumbent Rep. Paul Amador led challenger Roger Garlock 1,622-701 in his bid for re-election, and Sen. Mary Souza had a 1,667-683 edge over challenger Michael Pereira.

Incumbents Sen. Steve Vick and Rep. Ron Mendive faced no primary challengers, and newcomer Jim Addis ran unopposed for the Republican nod to replace outgoing Rep. Luke Malek in District 4, Seat A. Rep. Don Cheatham ran uncontested to fill outgoing Sen. Bob Nonini’s District 3 seat in the Idaho Senate.

The primary between Alanna Brooks and Richard Kohles for District 2, Seat B was the only contested Democratic race in Districts 2-4. Brooks led Kohles 239-198 as of press time. Democratic candidates Dale Broadsword, Maria Andrews, Patrick Lippert, Dan Hanks, Cory Jane English, Rebecca Schroeder, and Shem Hanks went unchallenged in their quest to carry the Democratic banner into the general election season.

Unofficial state legislative race results from the primary elections across Kootenai County at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday were as follows:

Republicans

District 2

State Senator - Steve Vick - 1,702 votes

State Representative, Seat A - Vito Barbieri - 1,314 votes

State Representative, Seat A - Fritz Wiedenhoff - 664 votes

State Representative, Seat B - John Green - 978 votes

State Representative, Seat B - Doug Okuniewicz - 949 votes

District 3

State Senator - Don Cheatham - 1,539 votes

State Representative, Seat A - Ron Mendive - 1,517 votes

State Representative, Seat B - Kathy Sims - 810 votes

State Representative, Seat B - Tony Wisniewski - 918 votes

District 4

State Senator - Michael Pereira - 683 votes

State Senator - Mary Souza - 1,667 votes

State Representative, Seat A - Jim Addis - 1,989 votes

State Representative, Seat B - Roger Garlock - 701 votes

State Representative, Seat B - Paul Amador - 1,622 votes

Democrats

District 2

State Senator - Dale Broadsword - 382 votes

State Representative, Seat A - Maria Andrews - 392 votes

State Representative, Seat B - Alanna Brooks - 239 votes

State Representative, Seat B - Richard Kohles - 198 votes

District 3

State Senator - Patrick Lippert - 341 votes

State Representative, Seat A - no candidates

State Representative, Seat B - Dan Hanks - 354 votes

District 4

State Senator - Cory Jane English - 944 votes

State Representative, Seat A - Rebecca Schroeder - 977 votes

State Representative, Seat B - Shem Hanks - 885 votes

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