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About this race

Two-term GOP Gov. Butch Otter is seeking a third consecutive term, which only one Idaho governor has ever won (Robert Smylie in 1962; Cecil Andrus served four terms, but they weren’t consecutive). Otter faces a challenge from Democrat A.J. Balukoff, who is hitting hard on Otter’s record on school funding, the economy and more. Also, Libertarian candidate John Bujak is challenging Otter from the right, contending the longtime libertarian Idaho politician has become too liberal. Four-year term. Position pays $119,000 a year.

Governor, State of Idaho

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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%

* Race 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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