BOISE — Former Democratic Gov. Cecil Andrus regained what he has called "the best political job in the whole world," but outgoing Democratic Gov. John V. Evans failed to unseat Republican Sen. Steven D. Symms.
The final days of the Senate campaign, at $5 million the most expensive in state history, saw Symms and Evans call each other liars and practitioners of dirty campaign tactics.
"What (the election) really says is that the people of Idaho have decided who the honest candidate really was," Symms, 48, who received a last-minute campaign visit by President Reagan, said early today.
"The string has to come to an end sometime," Evans, 61, said of his first loss in a career that has spanned more than three decades.