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Idaho's Gov. Otter Wins A Rare Third Term

Adam Cotterell
Boise State Public Radio

This post was updated on Nov. 5 at 10:45 a.m.

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has won a rare third term leading the state.

Otter, now 72, has been a fixture of Idaho politics since he was first elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in 1973. Otter has been a legislator, a congressman and one of the state's longest-serving lieutenant governors. 

He was first elected governor of Idaho in 2006. This year, Otter faced a difficult race against his Democratic challenger, Boise businessman A.J. Balukoff.

Another challenger, Libertarian attorney John Bujak, threatened to siphon votes from the right, along with a handful of lesser-known independent and third-party candidates.

But Otter's cowboy charm and political experience prevailed with voters in one of the most Republican states in the nation.

Gov. Otter won the race with 53.5 percent of the vote, winning in 39 of Idaho's 44 counties.

Balukoff, took the majority in five Idaho counties, including the state's most populous, Ada County. The counties Balukoff won are shaded in teal.

You can click on each county to get a vote breakdown for each gubernatorial candidate.

Data: Idaho Sec. of State | Map: Emilie Ritter Saunders

That makes Otter the second governor in Idaho history to be elected to a third consecutive four-year term, along with Robert Smylie, who served from 1955 to 1967.

Former Gov. Cecil Andrus also served three terms, his were not consecutive. Andrus was Idaho's governor for 14 years.

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