1st Congressional Race Upset
BOISE -Raul Labrador pulled off an 11th hour upset over Vaughn Ward Tuesday night in a bitter First Congressional District battle. Labrador will face incumbent Democrat Walt Minnick in November.
Ward had key endorcements, a Sara Palin visit, double digit lead, but credibility problems down the stretch may have doomed the Twin Falls native. Raul Labrador watched the election returns all night from GOP headquarters. With victory at hand, the State Representative from Eagle called for party unity.
"I think you're going to see the Republican Party just gel together, and come together to talk to me and to work hard," Labrador told KTVB. "We need to defeat Walt Minnick. We need to make sure that we have this seat so we can defeat Nancy Pelosi. And we can get rid of the democratic agenda," he said.
The last precincts in the Congressional race came in at 7 a.m. Wednesday morning because of vote-counting machine failure up north. When the dust cleared Raul Labrador took away 48-percent of the votes with Ward getting just 39-percent.