Former state Rep. Paulette Jordan has won the Democratic primary for Idaho governor.

She is the first woman to become the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Idaho.

If she wins the general election, Jordan would not only be the first woman to serve as Idaho governor, but also the first Native American woman to serve in that position in any state.

The 38-year-old Jordan, who is a member of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, won Tuesday's primary against 72-year-old Boise businessman A.J. Balukoff.

The last Native American to hold a statewide office in Idaho was in 1990, when Larry Echo Hawk ran as a Democrat for attorney general.

Lt. Gov. Brad Little won the hotly contested GOP primary in the race to replace Idaho Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.

Little secured the nomination Tuesday against top opponents U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador and Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist.

The 64-year-old Little is a rancher and Idaho native who has spent the past 16 years in elected office. In 2009, Otter appointed Little to the number two position with the expectation that he would one day become the Republican governor's successor.

Little is the grandson of the "sheep king of Idaho," Andy Little, a Scotsman who came to Emmett in 1884 and built an empire with 100,000 sheep

The gubernatorial seat became a top political race when Otter announced he wouldn't seek a fourth term - marking the first time in 12 years the top statewide office would be open.

Labrador issued a release Wednesday morning congratulating Little.

"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 dissapointed 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."