Sprungl wins another term
October 6, 2012
In the only contested local race on the Boundary
County 2012 general election ballot, incumbent
sheriff Greg Sprungl (R) easily held off two
challengers today to win another term. It wasn't
the first piece of good news for him this month,
either. The sheriff just returned this week from
a trip to Texas, where his daughter, Serene,
made him a grandpa.
His wife, Rose, will stay in Texas to dote on
and spoil the child and mother, both doing fine,
a good bit more before she flies home this
Out of 6,114 registered voters in Boundary
County, 4,686, or 77-percent, turned out to
vote, one of the best turnouts in recent memory.
Sprungl, who led in each precinct, garnered
2,483 votes, his closest rival, Independent
candidate Gary Leonard, who campaigned
tirelessly, garnered 1,460 votes. Write-in
candidate Jeff Ennis (R), trailed with 420
In presidential politics, Boundary County came
out strongly for Republican Mitt Romney, giving
him 3,138 votes to Democrat Barack Obama's 1,225
local votes. Obama was declared the winner of
the race long before Boundary County's votes
were decided. The closest runner up to the two
in the local race was Libertarian Gary Johnson,
who received 77 votes.
U.S. Representative Raul Labrador (R) handily
led in a four-way race for a second term,
garnering 2,603 votes to 958 for Democratic
challenger Jimmy Farris. District wide, Labrador
was ahead with nearly 65-percent of the vote as
of 11 p.m., with a little less than half the
state's precincts reporting.
Boundary County's hunters gave a big thumbs up
to HJR 2aa, to amend the Idaho Constitution to
list hunting as an inalienable right, with 3,260
voting "yes" to 1,041 "no." SJR 102 to amend the
state constitution regarding probation also
passed locally, 3,024 in favor to 1,318 opposed.
Statewide, passage of both looked assured, each
being favored with 74-percent margins with 416
of 967 Idaho precincts reporting.
County voters also favored overturning the Luna
Laws emplaced last year, but by much closer
margins. Proposition 1 failed here with 2,430
"no" votes to 2,084 "yes," Proposition 2 with a
vote of 2,502 no to 2,013 yes, and Proposition 3
by 2,976 no votes to 1,548. Statewide, "no"
votes led on Proposition 1 with a 55-percent
margin, Proposition 2 with 56-percent and
Proposition 3 by 65-percent.
Perhaps the most surprising race in Boundary
County was for District 1 Position A in the
Idaho House, where challenger Andrew Sorg (D),
who did little or no campaigning, garnered 1,005
local votes. Incumbent Eric Anderson (R), still
had a good lead with 3,139 votes, but few
expected Sorg to make such a showing.
That race won't be decided until Bonner County
votes are tallied; around the time the final
results were being tallied here, Bonner County,
having trouble with their optical scanners,
hadn't posted any results.
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