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24 Republicans are running unopposed for the state Legislature

Montana Legislature House chamber.
Nick Mott
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Montana Public Radio
Montana Legislature House chamber.

The Montana candidates running for office in the 2022 election are filed. Some voters will only see one name on the ballot for their legislative district.

Montana Democrats running for the state Legislature are already facing an uphill battle. Republicans hold a solid majority in both the House and Senate. And in two dozen districts this cycle, Republican candidates will go unchallenged.

Two Democratic candidates are running unopposed.

In a news release, Montana GOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt said "one thing is absolutely clear: Republicans in Montana are on track to grow our majorities this November."

If the party picks up three seats in the Senate and doesn't lose any in the House, it will hold a supermajority.

Scott McNeil, director of the Montana Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, says his party focused on the quality of candidates rather than filling each race.

“So, I think it is a different strategy.”

Some Democrats are trying to win back districts lost in the last election.

Shaylee is Montana Public Radio's Capitol reporter. She previously worked for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and covered the 2019 legislative session for the University of Montana's Legislative News Service.