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Guv Survives Closed Primary

Idaho Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter nearly played out his string in Tuesday's GOP primary election. Idahoans are simply getting tired of him. His scandals. His corporate cronyism. His stalled economy. His failed highway funding package. His support of state schools Superintendent Tom Luna's heavy-handed public education overhaul package, which voters repealed at the polls two years ago. Still, the incumbent had everything going for him in his quest for a third term: Confidence, organization, experience, poise and resources. His opponent, state Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, had little money and a message that seemingly failed to resonate beyond his own narrow ideological band. Yet, Otter's base - Ada, Canyon and Kootenai counties — deserted him. Clearly the people who knew Otter best — those who have been voting for him nonstop since 1986 as lieutenant governor, 1st District congressman and governor — liked him least/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: What do you think the closed primary accomplished last week?

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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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