BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is looking for a clear victory in Tuesday's primary election to give momentum to his general election campaign against likely-Democratic challenger, Keith Allred.

Otter has five rivals in all in his GOP primary; the two best known, Ada County Commissioner Sharon Ullman and former elk rancher Rex Rammell from Rexburg, have made Otter's 2009 push to raise Idaho's gas tax a focus of their long-shot bids to unseat them.

Otter maintained his $174 million push to raise taxes and increase fees was needed to maintain Idaho's dwindling roads.

While that alienated him with some conservatives, he's rehabilitated himself since then by opposing Congress' health care reforms.

Allred, a former Harvard University professor and resident of Eagle, faces Lee Chaney, Sr., of Preston.

Copyright 2010 The AP.

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