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On the ballot
With the contest between incumbent U.S. Sen. Steve Daines and term-limited Gov. Steve Bullock among the country’s closest U.S. Senate races, political dollars have surged into the race from around the nation, funding the steady barrage of mailers and political advertisements now pelting Montana voters.
With allegations swirling in the race to lead OPI, public records requests for clarifying documents have been inexplicably delayed.
As one of the few races that could tip the balance of power in Washington, D.C., Montana’s Senate race has become increasingly nationalized, vicious and expensive.
One of the most aggravating challenges of Montana’s 2020 mail-in election cycle, several election officials said, is the voter misinformation that staffers are forced to intercept and correct.
Montanans have ringside seats to a sequel match-up between two educators — one an incumbent with a widely known political identity, the other a determined challenger resolved to oust a past-and-present rival. Both have crafted positive messages about fighting for students, for teachers and for the sanctity of classrooms across the state. Yet they’re never far from ducking in and leveling a blow.
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MORE ELECTIONS COVERAGE
Incumbent Justice Laurie McKinnon and challenger Mike Black make their cases in the nonpartisan race for a seat on the state Supreme Court.
The advertisements have argued endlessly about who’s been a better steward of the state’s public lands, who is more beholden to special interests, who walks in blind lockstep with party leadership and which candidate would help gut or save health care. But what is more likely to sway the election in the closing weeks is Trump’s level of support in Montana and the status of the state’s coronavirus outbreak.