Simpson, Labrador win another term

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on November 7, 2012 at 12:23 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 10:49 AM

BOISE -- Idaho Republican U.S. Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador easily beat their Democratic rivals and will return to Congress.

In early results, Simpson tallied nearly 68 percent, to just 32 percent for his Democratic rival, Nicole LeFavour.

Labrador was trouncing ex-NFL player Jimmy Farris, 64 percent to 30 percent.

For Labrador, a win means his second term since sweeping into office in 2010 on a wave of tea party support.

Labrador says it was hard to take Farris seriously, given the Democrat voted for the first time in 2008.

On his way to winning his eighth-straight election, Simpson -- like Labrador -- has made paring the nation's $16 trillion deficit a top priority when Congress returns to Washington, D.C.

Once again, these races underscore Idaho Democrats' underdog status.

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