Lawmakers heard testimony framing a proposed end to same-day voter registration as either essential to election integrity or an assault on democracy.
Biden presidency confirmed. Montana Sen. Steve Daines backtracked and did not object. Montana Rep. Matt Rosendale did.
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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.
With the governor’s office and an expanded legislative majority, Republicans will be in the driver’s seat come the 2021 Montana Legislature. But the party’s leaders say they’re still honing their agenda.
Republican Elsie Arntzen has won a second term as Montana superintendent of public instruction, besting Democratic rival Melissa Romano in a repeat of the pair’s 2016 showdown. Arntzen won election by 42,196 votes, the slimmest margin of Montana’s statewide races.
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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MORE ELECTIONS COVERAGE
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.
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.