BOISE, Idaho — Incumbent Rep. Russ Fulcher (R-Idaho) defeated challenger Rudy Soto, winning his second two-year term in Idaho's First Congressional District, according to the Associated Press.
With all precincts reporting Wednesday morning, Fulcher had 68% of the vote compared to 29% for Soto. Libertarian candidate Joe Evans picked up 4% of the vote.
Soto is a former Army National Guard soldier and Washington, D.C. congressional staffer.
It was one of two congressional district races on the ballot for Idahoans. Incumbent Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) won his 12th term representing Idaho's Second Congressional District against challenger Aaron Swisher, a Boise economist. See more on that race and live results for it here.
Republicans have long dominated red-state Idaho, where Simpson and Fulcher turned aside their challengers. Simpson has brought millions of federal dollars to the state for the Idaho National Laboratory, one of the nation’s primary nuclear research labs. Fulcher and Simpson have both voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
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Who is Russ Fulcher?
Fulcher grew up in Meridian, attending both Meridian High School and Boise State University. He earned a bachelor's and master's degree in business and a certificate in electrical engineering theory.
He spent 15 years working for Micron Technology, working his way up to director of sales and marketing for Micron's Contract Manufacturing Division. He also spent nine years working with Preco Electronics as vice president of sales and marketing.
In 2005, Fulcher was appointed to the Idaho State Senate by Gov. Dirk Kempthorne. He served for a total of ten years, six as Idaho Senate Republican Caucus Leader.
Fulcher served in the Idaho Senate until 2014 and was elected as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018.
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Who is Rudy Soto?
Soto was born and raised in Nampa, Idaho. He is a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe and the son of a Mexican immigrant. He is also a first-generation college graduate.
He served in the Army National Guard and worked as a congressional staffer in Washington, D.C. Shortly after, he became the legislative director for the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA).
Soto says he decided to run for Congress after his father was laid off from his factory job. Shortly after losing his job, Soto's father lost his health insurance and was later diagnosed with cancer. He was unable to afford the treatment needed and was forced to rely on painkillers to cope with the symptoms. He passed away not long after.
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