Rusche: Election Result Recount and Nez Perce Counting Procedure in Question


Idaho House Minority Leader John Rusche, who squeaked through to re-election in District 6 by 48 votes, may be facing a recount.

"The weird week continues," wrote Rusche on his Facebook page. 

In the wake of his narrow victory over Republican opponent Mike Kingsley, Rusche said he was in a "bit of a fog" but thanked Kingsley, "who certainly gave me a serious run."

Ultimately, Rusche lost Lewis County but made up the difference in Nez Perce County. Final tally:

John Rusche: 6,254 (426 votes in Lewis and 5,828 in Nez Perce)

Mike Kingsley: 6,206 (775 votes in Lewis and 5,431 in Nez Perce)

But now, the Lewiston Tribune is reporting that Idaho Republican Party officials are encouraging Kingsley to call for a recount. Additionally, they want GOP incumbent House Rep. Thyra Stevenson, who lost to Democratic challenger Dan Rudolph by 26 votes, to also call for a recount.

Rusche wrote, "I understand from the paper that not only is there going to be a request for a recount, but there may well be a challenge to the manner in which the Nez Perce County Clerk performed the election."