(CNN) -- A Republican congressional candidate in Idaho who was recruited by national Republicans and endorsed by Sarah Palin was defeated Tuesday in a primary election.
Idaho State Rep. Raul Labrador topped Vaughn Ward in the battle for the GOP nomination for Idaho's 1st Congressional District.
Ward, an Iraq war veteran who served as a state campaign coordinator for GOP Sen. John McCain's 2008 bid for the White House, was picked as a candidate for the National Republican Congressional Committee's "Young Guns" program. He greatly out-raised Labrador in the race for campaign cash, and Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee who was born in Idaho, joined Ward at a rally last week.
But Ward apparently damaged his bid in recent weeks, allegedly plagiarizing from a speech President Barack Obama made at the 2004 Democratic convention. He also mistakenly indicated that Puerto Rico was a country during a recent debate.
Labrador, a conservative favored by local Tea Party groups, will now face Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick in November's general election. Minnick, a freshman member of Congress who won the district by 2 percentage points in the 2008 election, was the only Democrat to receive an endorsement in April by the Tea Party Express, a national group that has organized three cross country bus tours.
The district covers the western part of Idaho, including parts of suburban Boise.