Early Polling Has Otter in Lead

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Updated: 7/31 6:39 pm
Election Day may be a little over three months away but that isn’t stopping the experts from peering into their crystal ball for a little insight into what the future holds.

A new poll conducted by CBS News, the New York Times, and YouGov, and available at RealClearPolitics.com is saying more than 20 percentage points separates incumbent Governor Butch Otter and Boise businessman A.J. Balukoff.

Nearly 700 Registered Voters were surveyed from the 5th to the 24th of July and asked “if the election were held today, who would you vote for?” Of those who answered 56 percent said they’d punch the ticket for Otter while 34 percent say they’d go for Balukoff. Kaycee Emery, Communications Director with Governor Otter’s reelection campaign says right now, that while they take nothing for granted, their strategy is working.

“We’re encouraged to see that Idahoans who participated in that poll, and the reactions we’re getting, are overwhelmingly supportive of the governor for reelection,” said Emery.

Meanwhile, A.J. Balukoff’s camp is saying that the Governor’s campaign has a reason he shouldn’t feel safe yet.

“Our own polling shows that when people get to know A.J. and voters have a look at A.J.’s background and biography, the race is a dead heat,” said Mike Lanza, Communications Director for A.J. Balukoff for Governor.

RealClearPolitics.com also averages the various polls, and when the race is averaged with another poll from earlier this year Governor Otter’s lead shrinks to 18 percent.

Election Day is November 4th and you can find a link to the polls here.

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