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Fulcher Could Win With Otter’s Help

Idaho state Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, can not get elected governor on his own. He's going to need some help from the incumbent. All of which could happen. Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter finds himself in similar - though not identical - circumstances to Bob Smylie in 1966, the last Idaho Republican governor who got booted out of office in a GOP primary. That year, Smylie was riding high. He was the dean of the nation's governors and before him was a pathway for the second spot on the GOP national ticket or perhaps even the U.S. Supreme Court. All of that came crashing down in the summer of 1966 when state Sen. Don Samuelson, R-Sandpoint, won the GOP primary with 61 percent of the votes. He went on to narrowly claim the general election against Democrat Cecil Andrus - who would return the favor four years later. Keep in mind that Fulcher is the first sitting member of the Legislature to challenge his own party's governor since Samuelson pulled it off in 1966/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you think Gov. Otter is taking the challenge from Sen. Fulcher seriously?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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