Initial takeaways from the 2024 primary - Idaho Reports (2024)

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports

Initial takeaways from the 2024 primary - Idaho Reports (1)

Tuesday didn’t mark the first time an Idaho Senate President Pro Tem lost an election, but it sure isn’t common. During the 1988 general election, Democrat Mike Burkett beat Republican Pro Tem James Risch. I couldn’t find any examples of a Pro Tem losing a primary race.

Senate President Pro Tem Chuck Winder’s loss to Josh Keyser is the biggest story from Tuesday night, but it isn’t the only major one. As results are still trickling in, here are some other big takeaways:

We’ll have so much more to talk about on this week’s Idaho Reports, which airs Friday night at 8 pm on Idaho Public Television. If you miss it, you can always catch it online at

Initial takeaways from the 2024 primary - Idaho Reports (2)

Melissa Davlin | Host, Lead Producer

Melissa Davlinis the lead producer and host of Idaho Reports. She has covered the Idaho Legislature since 2012. She also produces for Outdoor Idaho and Idaho Experience. Melissa serves as the president of the Idaho Press Club. She has won multiple awards for her work, including a regional Emmy for her documentary on Chinese immigration in Idaho, Idaho Press Club broadcast reporter of the year for 2015 and 2019, the Idaho Press Club First Amendment Award, the University of Idaho Silver and Gold Alumni Award, and the 2019 Boise State University Enhancing Public Discourse award. She lives in Boise with her husband and children.

Initial takeaways from the 2024 primary - Idaho Reports (2024)


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