Politico, a national political news magazine and web site says the Idaho race for governor is in play.
Polls have shown Gov. Butch Otter up earlier this month by as much as 18 points over Boise businessman and philanthropist A.J. Balukoff. But Balukoff has spent heavily on television and digital advertising and Politico reporter James Hohmann said Otter is one of two incumbent Republicans who are most vulnerable.
Hohmann said the reason is the tough budget decisions Otter, running for a third term has made. After eight years of leading the state through the deepest recession since the Great Depression, Otter has disappointed many Idahoans on the right and the center with decisions he has made - from education cuts to pushing through a state health exchange.
Otter had 51 percent to Balukoff's 33 percent in a poll conducted by YouGov, the New York Times and CBS News, which was released earlier this month. Thirteen percent of those polled said they were not sure who they would vote for, and 3 percent said "other." Pollsters interviewed 844 people and had a margin of error of 4 percent.
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Hohmann mentioned the Republican Governor's Association in his report and suggested they might weigh in to help GOP governors.
As I traveled around the state last week I still found strong support in rural Idaho for Otter. But in urban places like Rexburg and Idaho Falls I heard again from Republicans using the term "Otter fatique," to describe the political landscape.
In addition to Balukoff, Otter faces spirited opposition from former Republican and Libertarian candidate John Bujak of Nampa.