© 2021 Boise State Public Radio
NPR in Idaho
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Politics & Government

Labrador And Simpson Will Defend Their Seats Against Farris And LeFavour

labrador speach.jpg
Adam Cotterell
Boise State Public Radio
Labrador, his family at his side, accepcts his party's nomination Tuesday night

Tea Party favorite Raul Labrador easily beat challenger Reed McCandless of Moscow.  McCandless is a 50-year old truck driver.  Two years ago, Labrador beat Vaughn Ward in the Republican primary despite being considered the underdog.  Labrador went on to beat one term Congressman Walt Minnick, a Democrat. Labrador says he’s met many of the goals he had when he went to Washington two years ago. But he says there’s a long way to go on one of his main campaign themes, immigration reform:

“We need to stop talking about what we’re against,” says Labrador.  “What we’re for is legal immigration, a legal immigration system that works. And we have many many conservatives that are rallying around that concept.”

In November, Labrador will face Democrat Jimmy Farris, a former NFL player, the Independent Party candidate named Pro Life, and Libertarian Rob Oates.

In Idaho’s Second Congressional District Nicole LeFavour won the Democratic primary against Jack Wayne Chappell. LeFavour, who left Idaho’s state Senate for the race, will face longtime incumbent Mike Simpson in November. Simpson beat Chick Heileson in the Republican primary.