2018 elections

Kathleen Williams announcing her candidacy for Montana's U.S. House seat at a restaurant in Bozeman, October 26, 2017
Eric Whitney

Despite raising less than half as much money as her top opponents, Kathleen Williams appears to have won the Democratic primary for Montana’s lone U-S house seat.

Corin Cates-Carny

State Auditor Matthew Rosendale is the Republican nominee to take on two-term Democratic Senator Jon Tester this November.

Shortly before midnight Rosendale walked onto a stage in the Radisson Colonial Hotel in Helena, accepting victory and promising to fight for and work alongside President Trump.

Rosendale says it’s time to send President Trump conservative reinforcement in the nation's capital.

“What’s good for our nation is great for Montana,” Rosendale said, to cheers from supporters.

Nicky Ouellet

A little before midnight, when the race was called for Matt Rosendale, Flathead Valley surgeon Olszewski had won 17 percent of the Republican vote. While he’s disappointed with the result, he says he wouldn’t change anything about his first statewide campaign. 

Candidates in Montana's U.S. Senate and House primary elections have spent the final days of their campaigns rallying their bases and working the phones in an effort to get more voters to the polls.

"Voter turnout, it’s always hard to estimate that," says Dana Corson, Elections Director for Montana’s Secretary of State. "Just looking at the past three federal primaries, those have experienced 32 to 34 percent. So unless something, you know, there’s a factor or something that we’re not aware of, I would estimate 32 to 34 percent."

From left to right, Democratic Candidates John Heenan, John Meyer, Jared Pettinato, Grant Kier, Kathleen Williams
Corin Cates-Carney

The winner of the this campaign year’s political tug-of-war inside the Montana Democratic party will be revealed this week when primary voters decide who will represent them against incumbent Congressman Greg Gianforte

Montana Democrats bucked their national counterparts in 2016 when the state picked Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton for the party’s presidential nominee.

In a recent video ad, one of the frontrunners in the Democratic primary, Billings Attorney John Heenan marches along the path blazed by Sanders’, offering a populist message against corporate corruption.