Otter Leads Balukoff By 24 Points In Latest Poll For Idaho Governor

Oct 10, 2014

The latest poll on Idaho's gubernatorial race shows two-term incumbent Republican C.L. "Butch" Otter leading Democrat A.J. Balukoff by 24 percentage points.

The CBS/New York Times/YouGov poll released Oct. 1 shows 57 percent of respondents said they favor Otter.

The poll surveyed 594 Idahoans between Sept. 20-Oct. 1. In each demographic breakdown available, Otter had a sizeable lead.

Late Friday, Otter and Balukoff made public their latest campaign finance reports.

Balukoff has raised $1.81 million in the four-month reporting period. He has $52,467 available. Idaho Education News points out Balukoff has contributed nearly 88 percent of his own money to his campaign.

Gov. Otter, meanwhile, raised $613,697 during the campaign finance reporting period. He still has $588,852 available to spend.

A number of Otter’s biggest contributions came from out-of-state interests and political action committees. That list includes Education Networks of America, the Nashville, Tenn. company that holds controversial contracts to install broadband and WiFi into Idaho schools. ENA contributed $5,000 to Otter. Also noteworthy: a $5,000 contribution from Anheuser-Busch, which supported state Sen. Russ Fulcher in the GOP gubernatorial primary; $5,000 from Dallas-based business mogul T. Boone Pickens; $5,000 from pharmaceutical firm Pfizer Inc.; and $2,500 from the National Rifle Association’s PAC. - Idaho Education News

Idaho Education News reports Otter's donors also include more than 20 state lawmakers.

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