Idaho gubernatorial election, 2006

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Idaho gubernatorial election, 2006
Idaho
2002 ←
November 7, 2006
→ 2010

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Nominee C.L. "Butch" Otter Jerry Brady
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 237,437 198,845
Percentage 52.67% 44.11%

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County Results

Governor before election

Jim Risch
Republican

Elected Governor

Butch Otter
Republican

The Idaho gubernatorial election of 2006 was held on November 7, 2006. Incumbent Governor Jim Risch succeeded Dirk Kempthorne, who resigned May 26 to become Secretary of the Interior. Risch served as Governor until the end of the term, but had committed to a reelection campaign for Lieutenant Governor before Kempthorne's appointment and subsequent resignation.

Republican primary

Candidates

Results

Republican primary results1
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican C.L. "Butch" Otter 96,045 70.02%
Republican Dan Adamson 29,093 21.21%
Republican Jack Alan Johnson 7,652 5.58%
Republican Walter Bayes 4,385 3.20%
Totals 137,175 100.00%

Democratic primary

Candidates

  • Jerry Brady, newspaper publisher and 2002 Democratic nominee for Governor
  • Lee Chaney, laborer
Democratic Primary results1
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jerry Brady 25,261 82.98%
Democratic Lee Chaney 5,182 17.02%
Totals 30,443 100.00%

Nominated candidates

Controversy

Marvin Pro-Life Richardson (that was his legal middle name) filed suit to force the state to print his full legal name on the ballots, just as he filed his paperwork. The Secretary of State denied this, stating that ballots themselves are supposed to be neutral, not political billboards. Richardson claimed that it is simply his name.3 In September 2006 he changed his legal name to simply "Pro-Life" in an attempt to force the issue. However, the ballots went to the printer with "Marvin Richardson" as the Constitution Party candidate. The party later disavowed his candidacy resulting in a candidate without a name, and without a party, yet on the ballot.4

Election results

Idaho gubernatorial election, 20065
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican C.L. "Butch" Otter 237,437 52.67% -3.61%
Democratic Jerry Brady 198,845 44.11% +2.38%
Constitution Marvin Richardson 7,309 1.62%
Libertarian Ted Dunlap 7,241 1.61% -0.38%
Majority 38,592 8.56% -5.99%
Turnout 450,832
Republican hold Swing

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