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Montana politics, elections and legislative news

2020 Primaries Highlight Montana GOP's Internal Rift

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Two different versions of Montana conservatism have been butting heads for years in the statehouse. And they’ll be pitted against each other again in Tuesday's primary election as GOP voters choose them between factions of the Republican party – business-minded Republicans willing to work across the aisle and party hardliners who legislate with strict ideology.

Reporter Eric Dietrich with the Montana Free Press has been following this rift within GOP lawmakers. He shared his recent reporting previewing primary races within the Republican party with Montana Public Radio’s Corin Cates-Carney.

Corin Cates-Carney manages MTPR’s daily and long-term news projects. After spending more than five years living and reporting across Western and Central Montana, he became news director in early 2020.
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