2006 Idaho gubernatorial election

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Idaho gubernatorial election, 2006

← 2002 November 7, 2006 2010 →
Nominee Butch Otter Jerry Brady
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 237,437 198,845
Percentage 52.7% 44.1%

Idaho Gubernatorial Election Results by County, 2006.svg
Election results by county
Otter:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Brady:      40-50%      50–60%      60–70%

Governor before election

Jim Risch

Elected Governor

Butch Otter

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[edit]



Republican primary results[1]
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
Total votes 137,175 100.00

Democratic primary[edit]


  • Jerry Brady, newspaper publisher and 2002 Democratic nominee for governor
  • Lee Chaney, laborer
Democratic Primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jerry Brady 25,261 82.98
Democratic Lee Chaney 5,182 17.02
Total votes 30,443 100.00

Nominated candidates[edit]


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[edit]

Although Otter won by 8.56% the election was surprisingly close. Brady performed much better than expected, receiving 44.11% of the vote.

Idaho gubernatorial election, 2006[5]
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


  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-19. Retrieved 2017-04-17.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Butts, Mike (2006-04-06). "No 'Pro-Life' allowed on ballot". Idaho Press-Tribune. Retrieved 2006-01-13.
  3. ^ No ‘Pro-Life’ allowed on ballot, retrieved 12oct2006
  4. ^ ‘Pro-Life’ Failed to receive the Idaho CP Certification For Candidacy, retrieved 12oct2006
  5. ^ http://www.sos.idaho.gov/elect/RESULTS/2006/general/tot_stwd.htm

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