The Idaho Secretary of State’s office has confirmed that Rep. Judy Boyle (R-Midvale) defeated Rep. Scott Syme (R-Caldwell) by just six votes.
Boyle’s race was the closest of the primary election. Boyle originally had 4,636 votes from the May primary, while Syme received 4,630 votes.
A recount was requested by Syme with the exact same results.
While anyone candidate can request a recount in their election, not all candidates can have the recount covered by the state. Because the original margin of victory was less than .1%, the state will pay for the cost of the recount.
Idaho Dispatch reached out to Boyle and Syme to get their reactions to the final result. While Syme did not respond to our request, Boyle told Idaho Dispatch,
I’m glad the election is finally over a month after Election Day. It is good to know that in Idaho elections cannot be bought with negative, nasty, lying campaigning and huge amounts of out-of-state money.Advertisement
The Boyle/Syme race was one of the more expensive races in the 2022 primary election.
Boyle does not have a general election opponent.Advertisement
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