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Decision 2010

Otter Reelected as Idaho Governor

Gov. Butch Otter won reelection in Idaho (Photo: File) Gov. Butch Otter won reelection in Idaho (Photo: File)

BOISE, Idaho - Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter trounced Democrat Keith Allred, extending his nearly 30 years in elected office by winning a second term as Idaho's chief executive.

Voters overwhelmingly chose Otter's libertarian-leaning style over Allred's populist promise to dislodge state leadership he said was in the pocket of special interests.

With the 68-year-old Otter, voters get a fiscal conservative who says government should promote a solid business environment, then get out of the way.

Otter's early results were on pace to exceed his performance four years ago. With fewer than 1 percent of precincts in, Otter was leading with 75 percent. But exit polls showed Otter with a commanding lead in much of Idaho.

In 2006, Otter garnered 52 percent of the vote, to Democrat Jerry Brady's 44 percent.  

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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