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2018 elections

Sen. Tester speaks to supporters in Great Falls.
Courtesy Tester Campaign

Just after 11 a.m. Wednesday, Senator Jon Tester made this statement to a room full of supporters at a Great Falls hotel.

"For those of you that don't know — and I don't think anybody knows this — AP has just called this race," Tester told the crowd.

Kathleen Williams. File photo.
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

Republican Greg Gianforte defeated Democrat Kathleen Williams in Montana's U.S. House race last night to win his first full term in office. With nearly all votes counted today, Gianforte won by a margin of 6.1 percent. He got 51.6 percent of the vote to Williams’ 45.5.

Neal Ullman, a spokesperson for Kathleen Williams’ campaign says misleading campaign ads may have contributed to Williams’ defeat but doesn’t know what other factors played a part.

Grizzly statue and Main Hall on the University of Montana campus in Missoula.
Josh Burnham

Montana voters Tuesday passed the Six Mill Levy for the eighth time in the past 70 years.

The property tax provides about 10 percent of the state’s appropriation to higher education and helps support approximately 40,000 in-state students.

Rep. Jonathan Windy Boy (D), HD-32.
Mike Albans

  

Montanans elected nine Native Americans to the state Legislature Tuesday. That’s the same as last session in 2017.

Jeremy Fleege (L), an environmental engineer with Montana Resources, and Matt Vincent (R), an environmental consultant for MR, at a Stop I-186 event at Butte Brewing Company, October 24, 2018.
Nora Saks / MTPR

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana voters have rejected a ballot initiative that would have increased cleanup standards for companies that plan to open new mines in the state.

The measure that failed in Tuesday's election would have required developers to provide clear evidence in any new hard-rock mining proposal that the mine wouldn't need the perpetual treatment of polluted water after operations end. 

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester on election night. Nov. 6, 2018
Jackie Yamanaka / Yellowstone Public Radio

Updated at 12:30 p.m.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana Democrat Jon Tester captured a third term in the U.S. Senate with an extremely narrow victory over an opponent President Donald Trump tried to boost by making repeated visits to the state.

Greg Gianforte Wins First Full House Term In Montana

Nov 7, 2018
Greg Gianforte addresses the crowd at his campaign watch party late Tuesday night as his wife Susan looks on. Nov. 6, 2018
Nate Hegyi / Yellowstone Public Radio

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican Greg Gianforte has defeated Democrat Kathleen Williams in Montana's U.S. House race to win his first full term in office.

The technology entrepreneur on Tuesday successfully defended the seat he won in a special election last year by campaigning as a strident supporter of President Donald Trump.

Updated at 9 a.m. Check our Live Election Results for the most up to date information.

Not all of Montana's precincts have fully reported this morning so in some cases we don't know much more than we did by the time many people went to bed last night.

Gallatin County election officials say long lines and delays in ballot delivery are putting a wrench in plans to count ballots this evening. At around 9:45 Tuesday night, Gallatin County Clerk and Recorder Charlotte Mills talked with Montana Public Radio’s Nick Mott about some of the challenges they’re facing.

Voters in Belgrade, MT, Nov. 6 2018.
Nora Saks

MTPR reporters spent today talking to voters across western Montana. Nora Saks stopped by the Belgrade Events Center this afternoon where high school had just let out. Voting booths were set up in front of a trophy case and voters who had just cast their ballots shared what issues were on their mind.

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