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As of mid-day Wednesday, incumbent Montana Supreme Court Justice Laurie McKinnon appeared likely to hold on to her seat, fending off a challenge from Helena attorney Mike Black in the nonpartisan race, according to preliminary results from the Montana Secretary of State’s Office.
As of 12:20 p.m. Nov. 4, the SOS office reported a 14-point lead for McKinnon with about 70% of precincts fully counted.
It wasn’t immediately clear Wednesday whether Black had conceded the race. He did not immediately return a call from Montana Free Press.
McKinnon grew up in Maryland and holds a law degree from the University of Baltimore, according to reporting by the University of Montana’s Community News Service. She has lived in Montana since 1995, and previously worked as a deputy county attorney for Teton County and a special county attorney for Glacier County.
She was elected as a local district judge in 2006, serving for six years before winning a seat on Montana’s Supreme Court.
Montana Supreme Court Justice Jim Shea, who was unopposed in his re-election bid but subject to an up-or-down retention vote, appeared likely to hold his seat by an 80-20 margin as of mid-day Wednesday.
Republican Troy Downing will oversee the insurance and securities industry in Montana after declaring victory over Democratic candidate Shane Morigeau late Tuesday night.
With final votes still being tallied early Wednesday morning, Republican Austin Knudsen was holding a commanding lead in the heated race to become Montana’s next attorney general. The current Roosevelt County Attorney and former state House Speaker led his opponent, Democrat Raph Graybill, by roughly 64,000 votes.
According to the Associated Press, Republican Matt Rosendale has won the 2020 contest for Montana’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Democratic opponent Kathleen Williams by a margin of 52.98% to 45.69% as of 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.