Three more newspapers have weighed in on Idaho’s governor’s race. The tally: GOP Gov. Butch Otter 2, Democratic hallenger Keith Allred 1.
• The Times-News in Twin Falls endorsed Otter today, describing it as a close call over Twin Falls High School graduate Allred: “Otter has faced the toughest economy of any governor since Ben Ross encountered the Great Depression. While Otter’s record of dealing with the recession is mixed, we believe he has earned a second term. …
“With 30 years of working in public policy under his belt, Butch Otter is the most experienced governor Idaho has had since Andrus. His potential is still there, but it hasn’t been realized yet.
“And the clock is ticking.”
• On Friday, the Coeur d’Alene Press endorsed Otter: “Otter is old-school where it matters most. He preaches personal responsibility and practices it, too. He's fond of saying that the only hand you can always count on to help you up is at the end of your own sleeve. We need his perspective and energy if we're going to keep taxes low, the budget balanced and all state departments effective and efficient.
“Keith Allred says many of the right things. Butch Otter does them.”
• The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash., endorsed Allred Saturday: “(Otter) has not been the solid and thoughtful leader Idaho deserves. He is doctrinaire and impulsive, his record spotted with reversals of position and ineffectiveness. …
“We believe Allred, who stands out in a field of nonpartisan and third-party rivals, has the potential to be a strong, collaborative and methodical governor who could get positive results while upholding Idaho’s independent spirit.”
Links to previous endorsements:
• From the Idaho Press-Tribune in Nampa, which endorsed Otter.
• From the Idaho Mountain Express, Ketchum, which endorsed Allred.
Coming in Sunday Insight: We'll run excerpts of statewide endorsements in Tuesday's key elections.