Election Day quotes and reactions

A few fast reactions to Tuesday’s election — with links:

  • From state Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, who lost in his bid to unseat Gov. Butch Otter: “Holy cow. (Sherri) Ybarra for superintendent? I was on this campaign trail start to finish. And she might be a fine person, but she was not engaged. She was not engaged heavily in this campaign.” The Idaho Statesman’s Bill Roberts takes a look at Ybarra’s upset win — and takes a look ahead.
  • From Ybarra herself: “I’m excited. I think the voters have spoken and I’m ready to serve them and move forward with a vision for the future.” Jake Melder from our broadcast partners at KIVI and KNIN covers the Republicans’ post-election Wednesday presser.
  • And from Democratic state superintendent’s candidate Jana Jones, writing on her Facebook page: “Together, we will take the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction back for children and their families. This one is for them.”
  • From Senate Education Committee Chairman John Goedde, upended in his bid for an eighth term: “It was real apparent that there were two camps in Kootenai County, and both camps had candidates for most offices, and I guess the camp for the far right was better able to get its supporters to the polls.” The Spokane Spokesman-Review’s Betsy Russell takes a closer look at the Tea Party’s ascendance in North Idaho.
  • Here’s a link to Jennifer Swindell’s article on how Ybarra pulled off her win. And we’ll have plenty more today: Clark Corbin takes a deeper dive into the governor’s race, and I’ll do likewise with the superintendent’s race.
Kevin Richert

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Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on KIVI 6 On Your Side; "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television; and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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