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Otter: ‘It says something great about Republican principles’

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter addresses supporters at the state Republican Party election night watch party, late on Nov. 4, 2014 at the Riverside Hotel in Boise (AP / Otto Kitsinger)
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter addresses supporters at the state Republican Party election night watch party, late on Nov. 4, 2014 at the Riverside Hotel in Boise (AP / Otto Kitsinger)

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, in brief comments late last night to KTVB-TV, pondered his re-election to a rare consecutive third four-year term. “This is the first one in the 21st century,” he said. “What I believe it says, it says something great about Republican principles, and how enduring, how survivable they are, even when we have major differences in the party. It’s still those principles that people of Idaho want to be governed by.”

Otter faced a divisive primary challenge in May, when he defeated state Senate Majority Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, by just 51.4 percent to 43.6 percent, with barely a majority of his own party backing his bid for a third term. Last night, Otter got 53.5 percent of the statewide vote to win a third term.



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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