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Allred campaign: New poll suggests ‘dead heat by September’

Why is Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred happy about the new Rasmussen poll that shows incumbent GOP Gov. Butch Otter at 54 percent support to 32 percent for Allred? “It’s momentum,” said Allred campaign spokesman Shea Andersen. “In seven weeks we gained 10 points. … This is the kind of pace we want to be on. This sort of thing puts us in a dead heat by September.”

An earlier Rasmussen poll, in late March, showed Otter with 60 percent to Allred’s 32 percent, a 32-point lead. Now that’s narrowed to a 22-point lead. Rasmussen characterizes the latest results as showing that Otter “still holds a comfortable lead.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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