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Meet The Candidates Vying To Replace Ryan Zinke In Congress

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U.S. Capitol

Over a dozen Montanans have now put their names forward as possible replacements for Ryan Zinke's seat in the U.S. House. Here's a list of candidates in the running:

Republicans vying for Zinke's congressional seat:

  • Ed Buttrey - State senator from Great Falls
  • Greg Gianforte - Technology executive, 2016 Republican gubernatorial candidate
  • Carl Glimm  - State representative, home builder & volunteer firefighter
  • Ken Miller  - Former state senator, former state GOP chair, 2004, 2012 gubernatorial candidate
  • Samuel Pascal Redfern - Iraq veteran and non-profit director
  • Dean Rehbein  - Road construction contractor
  • Ed Walker - Former state senator, staffer for Conrad Burns

Republicans who have dropped out of consideration:

Democrats vying for Zinke's congressional seat:

Democrats who have dropped out of consideration:

Libertarians vying for Zinke's congressional seat:

  • Chris Colvin -Libertarian candidate for state representative, 2014
  • Rufus Peace -
  • James White - Owner and editor of NorthWest Liberty news
  • Mark Wicks - Cattle rancher and author

Libertarians who have dropped out of consideration:

  • Rick Breckenridge - Libertarian candidate for U.S. House, 2016
  • Josiah Loven - Former chairman Yellowstone County Republican Central Committee

What's next? Democrats will hold a convention on March 5 in Helena to choose a nominee. The Libertarian convention is scheduled for March 6. Republicans will convene March 12 to choose their nominee.

Gov. Bullock has scheduled the special election for May 25.

Find more on Montana's special congressional election here.

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