Idaho GOP set to preserve Capitol dominance

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Associated Press

Posted on November 7, 2012 at 2:03 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 7 at 2:04 AM

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Republicans were well-positioned to preserve their dominance in the Idaho Legislature.

With early results streaming in from Tuesday's vote, GOP candidates either won or were ahead in 85 races, with Democrats holding an advantage in only 20 contests.

That mirrors the current power divide.

There were a couple of notable developments.

Republican House candidate Steve Miller of Fairfield won in District 26, a seat long occupied by retiring Democratic Rep. Wendy Jaquet of Ketchum.

And in Pocatello, Republican Rep. Jim Guthrie was winning the Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Diane Bilyeu, who is also stepping down.

On the other side of the partisan ledger, Boise Democrats Branden Durst and Janie Ward-Engelking were winning against Republican Sen. Mitch Toryanski and Rep. Julie Ellsworth, respectively, though vote counts were very preliminary.

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