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Eye on Boise: Incumbency not an election guarantee

BOISE – Political scientist Eric Ostermeier of the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs has dug up some interesting numbers in light of 1st District U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador’s announcement last week that he won’t challenge Gov. Butch Otter in the GOP primary next spring. Among them: Only two Idaho governors seeking re-election since 1904 have failed to win their party’s nomination, Democrat Barzilla Clark in 1938 and Republican Robert Smylie in 1966.

Labrador sets sites on third term; won’t run for governor

MERIDIAN, Idaho – Rep. Raul Labrador announced Wednesday that he’ll seek a third term in Congress, not run for Idaho governor. “I’ve decided to end all the speculation and announce that I have no plans at this time to run for governor,” Labrador said at a news conference. “I do not feel that I have yet completed the mission you sent me to Congress to do. There is still much work to be done.”

Eye on Boise: Gov. Butch Otter’s campaign loan a win-win

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has forgiven a $131,000 loan he made to his campaign, leaving his campaign fund debt-free and with a healthy balance as he continues to say he’ll seek a third term as governor. In his latest campaign finance report, Otter reported raising $215,369 in campaign funds since Jan. 1, spending $163,088, and ending the reporting period with $129,209 cash on hand. But both the contribution and spending figures are pushed up by the forgiveness of the $131,000 loan; that’s shown as both a contribution from Otter, forgiving the loan, and an expense for the campaign, paying it off.

Eye on Boise: Funds suggest re-election on Labrador’s radar

BOISE – Idaho U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador is sitting on the second-biggest wad of campaign cash he has stockpiled since he has been in office, with more than $277,000 in the bank. That suggests that Labrador is gearing up for a re-election bid for a third term, not for a long-shot primary challenge against two-term GOP Gov. Butch Otter in 2014. Labrador is being coy; neither he nor his staffers returned calls from reporters all week on this question. But he has been hinting for months that he might run for governor – or might not.