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Idaho governor candidates offer distinct options to voters

However, this year isn't a typical year. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is retiring from office, opening the door for the first time in 12 years for an open fight over the gubernatorial position.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho's open gubernatorial seat is shaping up to become one of the most competitive races in a state better known for its wide margins of victory when vying for a top elected office.

However, this year isn't a typical year. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is retiring from office, opening the door for the first time in 12 years for an open fight over the gubernatorial position.

Three top GOP candidates have rushed to replace the outgoing Otter: U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist and Lt. Gov. Brad Little.

On the other side of the aisle, two Democratic candidates are quietly fighting it out to face off the GOP contender in the November election: Boise businessman A.J. Balukoff and former state Rep. Paulette Jordan.

Each offer distinct options to Idaho's voting base in the upcoming May 15 primary.

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