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Re-electing Otter

Just off an election night conference call with Keith Allred, the Idaho Democratic nominee for governor. His message wasn’t a concession, at least not formally, though he did talk about plans for the future that didn’t have to do with moving into the governor’s office.

He said that “I remain confident as ever in the message we are taking to Idaho voters.” Idahoans seemed to be responsive to what he had to say, but “we knew this was a tough message to get out beyond the partisan labels.”

Well, yes. At current numbers, with just short of half the vote counted, Allred was at 31.9% and incumbent Republican Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter 60.2% – a landslide number. The Republican atmospherics may have padded it a bit, but Otter clearly did very well regardless, no matter all those people who said they heard so little favorable about him.

Allred may have found some positive responses to his message, but nowhere near enough. At this point, he’ll be lucky to crack a third of the vote – lower than Democrat Jerry Brady got in either of the last two cycles, though probably more than Robert Huntley did (29.1%) in 1998. Maybe; at this writing, a lot of conservative precincts are yet to be heard from.

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