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Fulcher, McNeil win party nominations for 1st Congressional District

Cristina McNeil (D) and Russ Fulcher (R) will represent their parties in the November general election for the 1st Congressional District

Republican Russ Fulcher has won his party's nomination in the 1st Congressional District in Idaho, while Democrat Cristina McNeil came out with a commanding victory to secure her party's bid.

The district, whose voters strongly backed President Donald Trump in 2016, is being vacated by Republican Congressman Raul Labrador, who ran for Idaho governor.

McNeil, a real estate agent and former business owner, grew up in Mexico City and moved to Boise in 2003. She has worked as Vice President of the Idaho Community Action Network, and was appointed Chair of the Idaho Democratic Party Latino Caucus back in 2014.

Fulcher, 56, originally filed to run for Idaho's open gubernatorial seat nearly a year ago. Fulcher instead jumped into the congressional race, reasoning that he and Labrador should serve in complimentary roles.

Fulcher failed to win the GOP gubernatorial primary in 2014 with a narrow loss to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.

The district covers the northern half of the state and snakes down to the western part of the Treasure Valley, including parts of Boise.

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