Otter, Balukoff to square off in race for governor

Otter, Balukoff to square off in race for governor »Play Video
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- After the primary election, it appears incumbent Butch Otter will face off against democrat, A.J. Balukoff, in the general election.

The GOP gubernatorial debate gained national attention after video went viral of the four candidates discussing the issues. To many, it seemed the race would come down to Otter and Meridian Senator Russ Fulcher.

When results came in, Otter received 51 percent of the votes and Fulcher walked away with 44 percent. The other two candidates, Harley Brown and Walt Bayes, only pulled five percent of the vote.

Butch Otter has served two terms as governor and is the first governor to be nominated for a third term since 1962. Otter stayed at the GOP election headquarters into the early morning hours after polls closed, but declined comment to the crowd and media before he left.

"People are very excited, we see opportunities a lot of people are anxious for a change in the state leadership and I think they're energized over that," Balukoff told KBOI about the election.

A.J. Balukoff is an accountant and the Boise school board chairman. He snagged 65 percent of the democratic votes. He beat Terry Kerr of Idaho Falls.