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Siege response

Montana's current and former political leaders reflect on the deadly insurrection at the nation's Capitol.

Current and former top Montana elected officials reacted sharply last week to the mob violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 that temporarily disrupted Congress’ count of the Electoral College vote certifying Joseph Biden’s election as president.   Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, former Republican Gov. Marc Racicot, former Democratic U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, former […]

Electoral College vote certified

Biden presidency confirmed. Daines backtracked and did not object. Rosendale did.

Biden presidency confirmed. Montana Sen. Steve Daines backtracked and did not object. Montana Rep. Matt Rosendale did.

UPDATED: Insurrectionists storm U.S. Capitol

State political leaders condemn the violence. Daines changes course, does not object to certification, while Rosendale does. Congress certifies the Electoral College vote Thursday morning.

Montana political leaders are condemning pro-Trump protesters who have stormed the U.S. Capitol building, forcing Congress to delay its joint session Wednesday to certify the Electoral College’s vote confirming Joe Biden as the winner of November’s presidential election.

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Withholding evidence

The two Republican members of Montana’s congressional delegation didn’t answer questions Tuesday about their stated intent to object to the results of tomorrow’s Electoral College vote count, and about increasingly radical attempts by President Donald Trump in recent days to overturn the results of the election he lost to Joe Biden.

Gianforte holds first press conference

During a Friday press conference, his first since being elected, Gov.-elect Greg Gianforte offered few hints about what policies he may pursue or support once he’s sworn in on Jan. 4.

Legislative leaders name committee chairs

Committee leadership roles for the 2021 legislative session made public this week indicate that pragmatic Republicans in the Legislature’s “Solutions Caucus” faction will continue to play key roles in shaping state policy as Montana enters a new world of unified Republican control.

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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.

Shared State

In this final episode of Shared State: who won the election, what do the results say about Montana, and where are we headed?

How Montanans voted, precinct by precinct

Record-breaking turnout colored much — but not all — of Montana red this year. As vote counting draws to a close, explore the results with our interactive map.

Montana candidates in the news

Daines, Bullock, Williams, Rosendale, Gianforte, Cooney, and more in MTFP’s weekly roundup of statewide campaign news.

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