The primary is over and the winners move on to face new challenges before the general election in November.  Here's what we learned from the biggest, most expensive, and most competitive primary in Gem State History.Congressman Raul Labrador and Doctor Tommy Ahlquist are class acts.  After a tough, bruising, battle, it was nice to see both of them on stage endorsing Lieutenant Governor Brad Little for Governor.

Here's the statement from Doctor Ahlquist:

“Congratulations to Lieutenant Governor Brad Little on a hard-fought race. I look forward to supporting him in the general election and wish him the best.  I want to thank my family and all of my tremendous supporters from across the state from the bottom of my heart. The people of Idaho are amazing and deserve the best in the future.  We ran this campaign on a conservative blueprint to build an even better Idaho. While I would have liked a different result, I am grateful and honored for the opportunity to move some of these important issues forward in public dialogue. This has been an incredible and life-changing experience spending the past 15 months with the people of Idaho.”

Congressman Labrador's statement:

"I want to congratulate Lt. Brad Little and his wife Teresa on their victory last night. It was a long, hard fought battle and I respect the voice of the people.  It's now time to set aside our differences and unite as a party to do everything we can to ensure strong Republican victories in November.  I urge my friends and supporters to rally behind our nominee.

While I am disappointed with the results, I am proud of the race we ran.  I want to thank the hundreds of volunteers across Idaho.  I wish I could thank them all individually.  They have been truly amazing.  I know that I couldn't have done this without their selfless efforts on my behalf.  Rain or shine, good and bad, my volunteers were always there to support me, my family, and my campaign.  I'm humbled and grateful for their friendship and ongoing support."

We've learned that there is no break within the ranks of state's gubernatorial rivals.  Their unity will create a greater challenge for Democrat Paulette Jordan.



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