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Otter/Balukoff to Face Off For Idaho Governor In November
Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - With the primary election in the record books, Idaho’s Governor Butch Otter will face democrat A. J. Balukoff, in the November general election. With the results now in, Otter picked up 51 percent of the votes and Meridain Senator Russ Fulcher walked away with 44 percent. The other two candidates, Harley Brown and Walt Bayes only picked up five percent of the vote.
Butch Otter, who has served two terms, is the first governor to be nominated for a third term since 1962. He said he is grateful for the support of Idaho voters. In a statement the governor said, "I am humbled and grateful to the people of Idaho for making me the Republican nominee for Governor. I'm humbled because I understand the importance of the trust that voters are placing in me to protect our shared values and our Idaho way of life. It's truly an honor to serve you. I'm grateful to everyone who worked so hard on my behalf, and I'm hopeful that we can stand united now heading into the general election campaign. I'm confident that the refining fire of our primary election process - like the challenges we've overcome before - will make us stronger and better able to work toward our common goal of a brighter future for the people of Idaho."
Democrat Balukoff, told KBOI News in Boise that, "People are very excited, we see opportunities a lot of people are anxious for a change in the state leadership and I think they're energized over that,"
He is an accountant and the Boise School Board Chairman. He picked up 65 percent of the democratic votes beating out Terry Kerr of Idaho Falls.