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Idaho: Battle for the Statehouse

Incumbent: Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter

Democrat: Keith Allred

2008 Presidential Result: Obama 36%; McCain 62%

55+ Population (2009 estimate): 23.2%

Overview: Butch Otter, former state legislator and congressman, is seeking his second term as governor. Although he received 53 percent of the vote in 2006, and has a solid Republican majority in the state legislature, he has struggled to achieve significant legislative success.

50+ Facts: Check the latest economic statistics and details on the state budget deficit.

Fun Fact: In 2006, Otter was locked in a virtual dead heat one week before the election before pulling ahead in the last days to win his governor's race, 53-44%.

'Wild Card' Issue: Though a consistent winner, Otter has often struggled in his frequent election campaigns. Democrats aren't expecting any surprises, but may have to alter their thinking if Otter is still only marginally ahead late in the campaign.

Introduction: Governors' Races Hold High Stakes for the Future

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