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Butch Otter

A candidate for Governor, State of Idaho in the 2014 Nov. 4 Idaho General Election

Party: Republican

City: Star, Idaho

Occupation: Idaho governor

Incumbent governor, multimillionaire rancher, retired from J.R. Simplot Corp. Otter was first elected to the Idaho Legislature in 1972. He served 14 years as the state’s lieutenant governor, and three terms in Congress before being elected governor in 2006. He won his second term in 2010 with 59 percent of the vote. A rodeo enthusiast, Otter this year was named to the Idaho Rodeo Hall of Fame.

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Election results

Candidate Votes Pct
Butch Otter (R) 235,293 53.53 %
A.J. Balukoff (D) 169,491 38.56 %
John T. Bujak (L) 17,878 4.07 %
Jill Humble (I) 8,791 2 %
Steve Pankey (C) 5,216 1.19 %
Pro-Life (formerly known as Marvin Richardson) (I) 2,866 0.65 %

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A.J. Balukoff

Democratic

John T. Bujak

Libertarian

Jill Humble

Independent

Steve Pankey

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