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Risch wins reelection in Idaho

Risch wins reelection in Idaho
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Sen. Jim RischJim Elroy RischBiden must wait weekend for State Department pick The Hill's Morning Report - Biden takes office, calls for end to 'uncivil war' Senate confirms Biden's intel chief, giving him first Cabinet official MORE (R), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is projected to win reelection in Idaho on Tuesday.

The Associated Press called the race at 11 p.m. EST.

He beat out Democratic challenger Paulette Jordan. Risch, 77, was favored to win the Senate contest in heavily-Republican Idaho, which has not sent a Democrat to Congress since the mid-1970s.

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This will be the third term for the senator, who was first elected to the Senate in 2008. Idaho’s other senator is Republican Mike CrapoMichael (Mike) Dean CrapoGOP digs in on preserving Trump tax cuts OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden's Interior Department temporarily blocks new drilling on public lands | Group of GOP senators seeks to block Biden moves on Paris, Keystone | Judge grants preliminary approval for 0M Flint water crisis settlement Sweeping COVID-19, spending deal hits speed bumps MORE, who will next be up for election in 2022.

Many of Risch’s endorsements came from conservative, small business, fiscally conservative and religious organizations that promote U.S. support for Israel and advocate pro-life and anti-abortion policies.

In addition to serving as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations panel in the 116th Congress, Risch was also part of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; Senate Select Committee on Ethics; Senate Select Committee on Intelligence; Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.