Incumbent Bob Wagner has fended off a spirited challenge from both Les Gilman and Ray Shaw to keep his seat as representative for House District 71 which encompasses all of Madison County and a portion of Jefferson County.
Wagner wins a three-way Republican race that didn’t have a Democratic challenger. He will likely go on to win the general election in November, as his only challenge would be from a write-in candidate.
The unofficial tally in the race came down after midnight. Wagner received 1,151 votes, Gilman received 1,025 and Shaw received 504.
It was the portion of HD 71 that extends into the southern part of Jefferson County that put Wagner over the top in the race.
Wagner won Jefferson County, taking 390 votes to Gilman’s 127 and Shaw’s 89. Wagner also did very well in the Madison Valley, getting 366 votes to Gilman’s 216 and Shaw’s 155.
But Gilman won the vote in Madison County, receiving 898 votes to Wagner’s 761 and Shaw’s 415. However, that margin was not enough to overcome Wagner’s wins in Jefferson County and east of the Tobacco Root and Gravelly Mountain Ranges.
Both Wagner and Gilman won in their respective communities. Wagner took home 144 votes in the Harrison precinct with Gilman getting 44 and Shaw getting 16. In the Alder precinct, Gilman got 73 votes to Shaw’s 31 and Wagner’s 18.
In other election news, voters in Madison County passed both the nursing home levy and noxious weed levy.
The nursing home levy passed 1363 to 849 and the noxious weed levy passed 1415 to 820.
In Virginia City, voters overwhelmingly passed the re-authorization of the resort tax, 82 to 32.