2016 elections

Republicans will hold on to control of the Senate, according to Associated Press projections. The GOP defied the odds in a year in which it was almost entirely on defense and rode a wave that carried Donald J. Trump to the White House.

Even with their best opportunities to gain seats in years, Democrats so far have only been able to pick up deep blue Illinois. And they narrowly hung on in Nevada, which was Republicans' only offensive opportunity.

Congressman Ryan Zinke’s election night watch party in Whitefish has drawn a crowd of about 100 people, including the leader of a local group that promotes greater scrutiny of Muslims in the name of national security.

Denise Juneau & supporters at their election results watch party in Missoula.
Eric Whitney

At the watch party for Denise Juneau at the Top Hat night club in Missoula, spirits are falling as the presidential returns come in.

Terry McDonald says she’s disappointed that her candidate for Montana’s House seat is not doing better against Republican Ryan Zinke.

An Election Day Tribute To Jeannette Rankin, 100 Years After Her Campaign

Nov 8, 2016
People visited the Montana Capitol to pay their respects to Jeanette Rankin, the first female U.S. Representative with bouquets, garlands and "I Voted" stickers.
Margaret Grayson - UM School of Journalism

HELENA – The statue of Jeannette Rankin in the Montana State Capitol was dressed for the occasion on Election Day – not in bronze but in flowers.

People visited the Capitol to pay their respects to the first female U.S. Representative with bouquets, garlands and "I Voted" stickers.

Around Montana: Voters In Clinton, Drummond Remain Skeptical On Election Day

Nov 8, 2016
Voters in Clinton, MT cast ballots during the 2016 elections.
Rebekah Welch

In two small towns just east of Missoula, voters remain conflicted even after they have cast their ballots.

While volunteers at the polls in Clinton and Drummond said they have seen healthy turnout, they used words like “confusing,” “unsure” and “rough” to describe the election cycle.