Final Debate for Idaho Governor Candidates
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's final gubernatorial debate showcased the most heated exchanges yet between the candidates seeking the seat. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter faced off Thursday against Democratic candidate A.J. Balukoff and Libertarian candidate John Bujak. The three agreed on little, and often interrupted the moderator and debate panel to respond to zingers thrown out by their opponents while discussing education, the economy and a private-prison settlement. Otter is running for a third term, a rare feat for an Idaho governor. However, Balukoff has remained a competitive candidate.
He has spent millions of dollars on campaign advertisements focusing on what he says is Otter's lack of accomplishments during his eight-year tenure. Meanwhile, Bujak has labeled himself as the state's only conservative candidate but he struggled to raise enough money and name recognition running as a third party candidate.