More than 85 percent of the money fueling primary campaigns for Montana’s U.S. House race this year is held by two candidates; Republican Matt Rosendale and Democrat Kathleen Williams. Rosendale and Williams each have more than $800,000 in the bank to start the 2020 election year.
The latest federal race fundraising reports show Williams’ campaign coffers are more than seven times that of her only primary opponent, House Rep. Tom Winter of Missoula.
Willams, a former state lawmaker from Bozeman, also has more money coming into her campaign from within Montana than any other candidate in the race.
Current Republican State Auditor Matt Rosendale is leading the five-way GOP primary with more than 13 times more cash on hand than Secretary of State Corey Stapleton, who has the second largest bank account.
Montana’s current U.S. Rep. Greg Gianfore is not seeking reelection and is instead running for governor.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, more than $13 million bankrolled the the last Montana U.S. House election in 2018.
Related: Campaign Beat - Montana Public Radio's weekly political analysis program