State Democrats Ok with Outcome
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Democrats were happy with the 2012 election, a night when they suffered no numeric losses in the Legislature and when voters defeated public schools chief Tom Luna's Republican-backed education overhaul. Minority party chairman Larry Grant said Wednesday that preserving the Democrats' 20 seats in the Capitol was an accomplishment, in a year when popular GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney was on the ballot to woo faithful Idaho Republicans. Democrats gained two Boise seats, but lost one each in rural south-central Idaho and Pocatello. Boise Democrats Branden Durst and Janie Ward-Engelking bested Republican Sen. Mitch Toryanski and Rep. Julie Ellsworth, respectively. But Republican Steve Miller of Fairfield won the District 26 House seat, while Republican Rep. Jim Guthrie captured the Senate seat vacated by Democrat Diane Bilyeu in Pocatello.