Jordan to face Risch in Idaho’s U.S. Senate race in November

FILE- In this Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, file photo then Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan addresses supporters at an election night party in Boise, Idaho. Jordan has announced she's challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Risch. Jordan announced Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, she plans to run against the two-term senator. Jordan in 2018 became the first woman to become the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Idaho but lost in the general election to Republican Gov. Brad Little. (AP Photo/Diane Loos, File)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Paulette Jordan won the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate on Tuesday. The former Idaho lawmaker and 2018 gubernatorial nominee will face incumbent Sen. Jim Risch, who ran unopposed in the Republican primary and will be heavily favored in November in conservative Idaho.

Risch chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and has been an avid supporter of President Donald Trump.

U.S. Reps. Mike Simpson and Russ Fulcher also won their Republican primaries. Simpson is seeking a 12th term while Fulcher is seeking a second.

They will be heavily favored in November. Idaho’s 2020 primary became the state’s first mail-in primary due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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