Withholding evidence

Daines and Rosendale, primed to challenge Congress' electoral vote count over allegations of voter fraud, decline to provide support for those claims.

Statewide Race Results

Credit: Montana final 2020 vote counts by Eric Dietrich

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Election News

Local control takes a hit

For some opponents, the low-key battle over LR-130 — the no-local-gun-control legislative referendum — is done. For others, work lies ahead, and frustration lingers.

Politicos explain Montana’s red wave

In interviews with Montana Free Press, nearly a dozen elected officials, campaign strategists, and political analysts described what they believe are the reasons behind the results, citing the popularity of President Trump and national attacks against the Democratic Party and the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic fallout and the ways in which the virus complicated campaign strategy.

Jacobsen wins race for secretary of state

Republican Christi Jacobsen declared victory in the 2020 race for Montana secretary of state, defeating Democratic opponent Bryce Bennett by 101,772 votes. Jacobsen will succeed current Secretary of State Corey Stapleton.

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The stories of 2020

It was a year of change and challenge, from COVID to the campaign trail to the Capitol and beyond. Here are some reader favorites, and some of our own, from a year to remember.

It was a year of change and challenge, from COVID to the campaign trail to the Capitol and beyond. Here are some reader favorites, and some of our own, from a year to remember.

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Ep. 10 — Where do we go from here?

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Ep. 9 — 'For this and future generations'

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Ep. 8 — To secure the blessings of liberty

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McKinnon on track to retain state Supreme Court seat

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.

Knudsen gets the nod for attorney general

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.

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House victory goes to Rosendale

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.

Daines wins re-election to U.S. Senate

Republican Steve Daines has won an expensive and close race with national implications for U.S. Senate control on Tuesday, securing a second term after a tough campaign against term-limited Montana Gov. Steve Bullock.

Adult-use marijuana passes

A pair of ballot initiatives designed to legalize adult use of recreational marijuana in Montana have been approved by voters, according to the Associated Press.

Election night reports

Associated Press calls Montana’s U.S. House race for Matt Rosendale.

Blackfeet Reservation gets additional ballot boxes

Glacier County has opened two new ballot drop-off sites just days before Election Day after receiving complaints from residents on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, where a stay-at-home order is currently in effect to combat COVID-19.

Would he or wouldn’t he?

Under attack by challenger Steve Bullock, incumbent Sen. Steve Daines insists he’ll protect patients with preexisting conditions — even as he works to overturn the law protecting them. Insurance experts say that doesn’t add up.


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