A number of Idaho Democrats joined their political brethren across the nation in the losing column Tuesday night... but it took a long, slow and steady count of the ballots to deliver the pain. Many of the official results in Tuesday's general election didn't appear until just before Wednesday's sunrise.
In Idaho, Republicans swept into statewide offices. Some of the GOP—Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, Lt. Gov. Brad Little, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, Treasurer Ron Crane—were expected victors. But the level of Lawerence Denney's strength—securing 56 percent of the statewide vote—was rather surprising in his defeat of Democrat Holli Woodings in the hotly contested race for secretary of state.
Perhaps the biggest stunner of the night was Republican Sherri Ybarra's victory over Democrat Jana Jones. Ybarra's campaign was defined by a series of high-profile stumbles regarding her education and voting record. Yet the Mountain Home educator won by more than 5,000 votes. This was Jones' second attempt to run for superintendent of public instruction. She previously lost to Tom Luna, who has held the office since 2007 but announced his retirement this year, opening the door to the run-off between Ybarra and Jones.
Here are the results:
: C.L. "Butch" Otter - 54 percent; A.J. Balukoff - 39 percent; John Bujak - 1 percent; Steve Pankey - 1 percent; Pro-Life - 1 percent.
: Brad Little - 63 percent; Bert Marley - 33 percent; David Hartigan - 4 percent.
Secretary of State
: Lawerence Denney - 56 percent; Holli Woodings - 44 percent.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
: Sherri Ybara - 51 percent; Jana Jones - 49 percent.
Lawrence Wasden - 68 percent; Bruce Bistline - 32 percent.
Ron Crane - 61 percent; Deborah Silver - 39 percent.