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National poll shows big lead for Otter

Here's a link to the recent national Rasmussen Poll, which found a big lead for Gov. Butch Otter over Democratic challenger Keith Allred in its first automated phone poll on the 2010 Idaho gubernatorial race, and also found a similar lead for U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo over a generic Democratic challenger. The poll of 500 Idahoans found 60 percent chose Otter to 28 percent choosing Allred, with 3 percent for some other candidate and 9 percent not sure. The poll also questioned respondents about whether they view the two candidates favorably or unfavorably. Otter came out 62 percent favorable, 35 percent unfavorable and 3 percent not sure, while Allred scored 34 percent favorable, 34 percent unfavorable and 32 percent not sure.

Here's a link to a full report on the poll by the Idaho Statesman's Dan Popkey, which notes additional results including 58 percent favorable response toward the Tea Party movement and 63 percent favorable on suing to challenge national health care reform.

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