M 2010 Idaho General Election

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Last updated: Nov. 2, 8:50 p.m. Governor, State of Idaho

CandidateVotesPct
C.L. “Butch” Otter (R) 266,992 59.18%
Keith Allred (D) 147,863 32.77%
Jana M. Kemp (I) 26,601 5.90%
Ted Dunlap (L) 5,864 1.30%
Pro-Life (I) 3,841 0.85%
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Last updated: Nov. 2, 8:50 p.m. U.S. Representative, Idaho Congressional District 1

CandidateVotesPct
Raul R. Labrador (R) 126,231 51.02%
Walt Minnick (D) 102,130 41.28%
Dave Olson (I) 14,365 5.81%
Mike Washburn (L) 4,696 1.90%
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* These percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.

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Ad Watch: Latest Otter ad

Here’s a link to my full story at spokesman.com on Gov. Butch Otter’s latest campaign ad, which touts the Opportunity Scholarship Fund that Otter helped establish, but doesn’t mention that no new students have been able to apply for the scholarship for the past two… Read more

Ad Watch: Idaho guv touts scholarship despite cuts

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s latest campaign ad touts the Opportunity Scholarship Fund, which he says helps Idaho students in the current “tough economic times,” but doesn’t mention that no new students have been able to apply for the scholarship for the past two years, due to lack of funds. Read more

Dems fund poll for Allred

The Idaho Democratic Party has filed an independent expenditure report showing that it spent $50,000 on polling yesterday on behalf of Keith Allred, the Democratic candidate for governor. Coincidentally, that was a day before the independent Idaho Newspapers Poll came out today, showing GOP Gov…. Read more

New Otter ad touts scholarship that’s now frozen to just past-year recipients

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s latest campaign ad touts the Opportunity Scholarship Fund, which he pushed for and helped establish to provide needs-based scholarships for Idaho college students, an area that’s long been sorely lacking in the state. However, not mentioned in the ad is the… Read more

Faith, politics and Mitt Romney…

AP reporter John Miller takes a look today at how Mormonism and politics have merged in two western campaigns, Idaho’s gubernatorial race and Nevada’s Senate race, and the glimpses it provides into scrutiny Mitt Romney could face in a 2012 run for president. “Americans like… Read more

From bigotry to baloney: NYT looks at Idaho 1st CD race

Here’s a link to today’s New York Times story by reporter William Yardley on Idaho’s 1st CD race, which notes that “racial overtones have developed here, echoing other campaigns where immigration is an issue,” including Nevada’s Harry Reid-Sharron Angle race. “Idahoans are not bigoted, but… Read more

KTVB pulls SuperPAC ad

At least one Idaho TV station, KTVB-TV in Boise, has decided to pull the SuperPAC for America ad against Walt Minnick that contains a false claim. “It is a non-candidate sponsored commercial, and we just reviewed the facts,” said Doug Armstrong, KTVB general manager. “It… Read more

Outside group is ‘looking into’ its claim in anti-Minnick ad

RJ Laukitis, executive director of SuperPAC for America, just responded to Eye on Boise’s inquiry about its anti-Minnick ad in Idaho, which falsely claims Idaho Rep. Walt Minnick voted in favor of the stimulus bill when he was one of just 11 House Democrats who… Read more

And a ‘superPAC’ is…

Here’s an interesting tidbit about SuperPAC for America, the national group headed by Dick Morris that’s running a false ad in Idaho targeting Idaho Rep. Walt Minnick: Opensecrets.org reported yesterday that the group was the single top outside spender in the nation that day, spending… Read more

Minnick campaign: False SuperPAC ad ‘outrageous’

Congressman Walt Minnick’s re-election campaign is calling a new anti-Minnick ad from a national group headed by GOP strategist Dick Morris “outrageous” for falsely claiming Minnick voted in favor of the stimulus bill. “What’s outrageous is the actual vote they cite says he voted no,”… Read more

Ad Watch: Anti-Minnick ad makes false claim

A new independent ad against Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick that’s airing in Idaho makes a false claim that Minnick voted in favor of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the federal stimulus bill, when Minnick actually was one of 11 Democrats who voted against the bill in the Jan. 28, 2009 House vote. Read more

Ad Watch: National group targets Minnick with false claim in TV ad

A new independent ad against Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick that’s airing in Idaho makes a false claim that Minnick voted in favor of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the federal stimulus bill, when Minnick actually was one of 11 Democrats who voted against the… Read more

New Idaho Newspapers Poll: 1st CD race is now a dead heat

There’s a new Idaho Newspapers Poll out this morning, and it shows that the 1st District congressional race has narrowed to a dead heat - freshman Democratic Congressman Walt Minnick has 44 percent to GOP challenger Raul Labrador’s 41 percent, which is within the poll’s… Read more

Minnick, Labrador race close

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick’s lead over Republican Raul Labrador fell from 10 percentage points in mid-September to 3 percentage points late last week, says a poll commissioned by The Spokesman-Review and six other newspapers. The freshman Democrat’s lead is so narrow that it may not exist at all because it falls within the poll’s 5-point margin of error. Read more

Otter, Allred both loaning $$ to their own campaigns

Both Gov. Butch Otter and his Democratic challenger, Keith Allred, are making big loans to their campaigns in the final days of the race, the AP reports. While Otter loaned his campaign $206,000 on Thursday, Allred will report on Tuesday that he and his family… Read more

Ross Perot’s grandkids backing Labrador

H. Ross Perot III, the grandson of the quirky Texas billionaire who ran for president twice in the 1990s, has made a last-minute campaign contribution to Idaho GOP congressional hopeful Raul Labrador, and so have three of his family members. “Good, solid conservatives, the Perots,”… Read more

Ross Perot’s grandkids back Labrador

H. Ross Perot III, the grandson of the quirky Texas billionaire who ran for president twice in the 1990s, has made a last-minute campaign contribution to Idaho GOP congressional hopeful Raul Labrador, and so have three of his family members. Read more

Last-minute money flowing, Otter loans his campaign $200K

As the election campaign moves into its final days, candidates or committees that make big contributions or independent expenditures within two weeks of the election have to file notices with the Idaho Secretary of State’s office within 48 hours. Those 48-hour notices are flowing in… Read more

Kempthorne endorses Labrador

Former Idaho governor, U.S. senator and secretary of the interior Dirk Kempthorne today endorsed Raul Labrador for Congress, saying, “The people of Idaho have been well-served by their Republican team of elected officials” and saying Labrador will be “a fine addition to that successful team.”… Read more

The state’s highest-ranking wedding crasher?

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: JEROME, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter accidentally became the state’s highest ranking wedding crasher during a campaign stop. The state’s chief executive entered a room in the Jerome Public Library in southern Idaho with… Read more

Profile: The race for governor

Butch Otter’s long-awaited turn as Idaho’s governor – he first ran for the post in 1978 and served as lieutenant governor for 14 years – hasn’t turned out quite the way he planned. He promised improvements to education, a business-friendly climate, and a restructured, more-efficient… Read more

Profile: The 1st CD race

Freshman congressman Walt Minnick is a new kind of Idaho Democrat – one who votes more often with Republicans than with his own party, one who attracts business support that usually goes to GOP candidates, and one who crusades against earmarks, refusing to request any… Read more

Incumbent Otter faces mediator, activist Allred

BOISE – Butch Otter’s long-awaited turn as Idaho’s governor – he first ran for the post in 1978 and served as lieutenant governor for 14 years – hasn’t turned out quite the way he planned. He promised improvements to education, a business-friendly climate, and a restructured, more-efficient state government that would be “the people’s servant” and allow Idahoans to “achieve greatness.” Read more

Candidates fight over same label

BOISE – Freshman congressman Walt Minnick is a new kind of Idaho Democrat – one who votes more often with Republicans than with his own party, one who attracts business support that usually goes to GOP candidates, and one who crusades against earmarks, refusing to request any even if it means his district loses out on pricey projects. Still, in conservative Idaho, where the 1st Congressional District voted just 35 percent for Barack Obama for president in 2008 and Minnick is the first Democrat to hold the seat since 1994, Minnick’s re-election isn’t assured. Read more

Schools race draws independent spending

You can read my full story here at spokesman.com on how there are now three groups mounting independent campaigns for or against candidates for Idaho schools chief, with the addition of eastern Idaho personal care products firm Melaleuca Inc. The company launched a TV ad… Read more

Idaho schools race draws independent spending

There are now three groups mounting independent campaigns for or against candidates for Idaho schools chief, with the addition of eastern Idaho personal care products firm Melaleuca Inc. Read more

Palin endorses Otter for re-election

Sarah Palin today endorsed Gov. Butch Otter’s re-election bid, calling him “a voice for commonsense conservatism.” She made the endorsement on her blog and Facebook; you can read the Otter campaign’s full announcement here. “I am honored and humbled to receive Gov. Palin’s endorsement,” Otter… Read more

Ad Watch: Minnick’s latest commercial

Here’s a look at the claims in Congressman Walt Minnick’s new campaign ad, which starts running today in the Boise and Spokane TV markets:CLAIM: “Raul Labrador - misleading you again. It’s gotten so bad he was forced to pull another false ad before it even… Read more

Melaleuca attack ad targets Olson

Melelauca Inc. yesterday filed independent expenditure reports showing it’s dumped $40,000 into an independent TV ad campaign in favor of incumbent GOP school Supt. Tom Luna, and the firm has launched a TV ad in southern Idaho that belittles Luna’s Democratic challenger, Stan Olson, with… Read more

Minnick launches new campaign ad

In response to yesterday’s flap over a new Labrador ad - GOP congressional hopeful Raul Labrador pulled his new ad before it aired, after being informed it contained copyrighted material from Idaho Public Television’s “Idaho Debates” - Democratic incumbent Walt Minnick has launched a new… Read more

Tea Party Express endorses Labrador

The Tea Party Express, a national tea party group that earlier chose Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick as its only Democratic congressman to endorse, today announced it’s endorsing Raul Labrador over Minnick. The group said it endorsed Minnick earlier “in light of his independence in standing… Read more

Labrador TV ad misled on rival

BOISE – Republican Raul Labrador’s campaign has pulled a new ad that took a remark made by U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick out of context to suggest the Democrat favors a middle-class tax increase. Minnick misspoke during a 2008 debate on Idaho Public Television with then U.S. Rep. Bill Sali, but then corrected himself two minutes later and said: “We need to have a middle class tax cut, not another tax cut for the rich.” Read more

AP: Labrador backers have been airing Minnick gaffe on Web for weeks

The Associated Press, in its full story today on GOP congressional hopeful Raul Labrador pulling a campaign ad that featured an out-of-context snippet of Walt Minnick from a 2008 Idaho Public Television debate - but not the comment two minutes later in which Minnick corrected… Read more

Otter disputes Allred’s wolf comments

“I disagree with my opponent’s definition of sovereignty and his idea about the state’s role,” Gov. Butch Otter said today in response to Democratic challenger Keith Allred’s statements about wolves at a press conference this morning. “State sovereignty to me isn’t managing a federally protected… Read more

Labrador pulls new ad before it airs

GOP congressional hopeful Raul Labrador today sent out a press release announcing a new TV ad for which airtime was purchased by the Idaho Republican Party Central Committee, featuring an audio clip from the 2008 “Idaho Debates” between Walt Minnick and Bill Sali, in which… Read more