United States House of Representatives elections in Idaho, 2006

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United States House of Representatives elections in Idaho, 2006[1]
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/–
Republican 248,105 55.72% 2
Democratic 177,376 39.83% 0
Independents 19,825 4.45% 0
Totals 445,306 100.00% 2

1st Congressional District[edit]

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This district encompasses the Idaho Panhandle region and most of the Boise metropolitan area.

In the May 23 primary, conservative state Representative Bill Sali edged out a crowded field to win the Republican nomination with 26%, while Larry Grant won the Democratic nomination. Sali is a controversial figure in Idaho politics who clashed repeatedly with Republican leadership in the Idaho Legislature. Some of Sali's Republican detractors publicly said that they would back Grant in the general election. All this gave Grant a boost in the general election, but Sali remained favored given the GOP tilt of the area and the popular Otter at the top of the ticket. Grant made gains late in the campaign, but Sali held on to win.[2]

Republican primary[edit]



Republican primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bill Sali 18,985 25.82
Republican Robert Vasquez 13,624 18.53
Republican Sheila Sorensen 13,472 18.32
Republican Keith Johnson 13,186 17.93
Republican Norm Semanko 7,976 10.85
Republican Skip Brandt 6,289 8.55
Total votes 73,532 100.00

Democratic primary[edit]

  • Larry Grant, attorney
  • Cecil Kelly III, small business owner


Democratic Party primary results[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Larry Grant 10,885 74.78
Democratic Cecil Kelly III 3,671 25.22
Total votes 14,556 100.00

General election[edit]


Idaho's 1st congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bill Sali 115,843 49.94
Democratic Larry Grant 103,935 44.80
Independent Dave Olson 6,857 2.96
Natural Law Andy Hedden-Nicely 2,882 1.24
Constitution Paul Smith 2,457 1.06
Total votes 231,974 100.00
Republican hold

2nd Congressional District[edit]

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This district encompasses Eastern Idaho, the Magic Valley, and most of the city of Boise. Republican incumbent Michael Simpson, who has never faced much electoral difficulty, defeated Democratic nominee Jim Hansen in the general election, along with several independent candidates.


Idaho's 2nd congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michael Simpson (inc.) 132,262 62.00
Democratic Jim Hansen 73,441 34.43
Independent Cameron Forth 5,113 2.40
Constitution Travis J. Hedrick 2,516 1.18
Total votes 213,332 100.00
Republican hold


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