BOISE -- In primary results for the Idaho Legislature, Republican incumbents and business-backed moderates appeared to be beating back challenges from libertarian-leaning challengers who sought to turn the state GOP establishment on its head.
Sen. Patti Anne Lodge of Huston prevailed Tuesday, as did Rep. Christy Perry of Nampa. Sen. Dean Cameron of Rupert and Sen. Shawn Keough of Sandpoint also won.
Lodge, Perry, Cameron and Keough were among incumbents targeted by conservative political action committees, including one that received $15,000 from House Speaker Lawerence Denney and House Majority Leader Mike Moyle.
Democrats also nominated candidates for November's election during Tuesday's primary.
The minority party, which has shrunk to 20 legislators between the House and Senate, is hoping to claw back seats in the general election, including in Moscow, Lewiston and Boise.