Former U.S. Congressman Raúl Labrador has won the Republican nomination to be Idaho’s attorney general on Tuesday, unseating Idaho’s longest-serving attorney general.
According to a report by the Idaho Capitol Sun, Labrador held a lead of 51% of primary votes over Wasden’s 38% as of Tuesday night with around 80% of Idaho precincts reporting results
The nominee told the Idaho Capital Sun he expected that lead would grow as more results came in from Kootenai County and other areas.
“The people of Idaho have given me an opportunity to make sure that we have a strong conservative voice in the attorney general’s office, and I want to make sure that I make them proud,” Labrador said.
“Wasden has been at odds with members of the Idaho Legislature in recent years after giving legal advice and issuing written opinions that legislators did not agree with,” the Idaho publication reported.
“Labrador used those instances as an argument for electing him instead, saying the Legislature doesn’t trust Wasden anymore, even when he gives good legal advice.
“During the Idaho Debates, Labrador also advocated for the Legislature to have its own legal counsel to avoid conflicts of interest when a law passed by the Legislature is challenged in court.”
The former congressman is an attorney and registered lobbyist who served four terms in the United States House of Representatives representing Idaho’s First Congressional district.
He hasn’t always lived in Idaho though. Born in Puerto Rico Labrador was the first Hispanic member of Idaho’s congressional delegation, and was a founding member of the U.S. House Freedom Caucus.