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2020 elections

Rep. Matt Rosendale
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This week, Montana Representative Matt Rosendale became the third Congressman in Montana’s history to officially object to another states’ electoral results.

YPR News’ Rachel Cramer has been tracking this final step in certifying Pres.-elect Joe Biden’s win over Donald Trump. She shares her reporting with Nicky Ouellet.

President Donald Trump and then Republican Senate candidate Matt Rosendale on stage during a July 5, 2018 rally in Great Falls, MT.
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Montana Rep. Matt Rosendale is joining a group of Republican U.S. Representatives who have announced their intention to object to Electoral College results from certain states during a joint session of Congress Wednesday.

Rosendale joins Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines in calling for the creation of an Electoral Commission to conduct an emergency 10 day audit of election returns.

Republican Attorney General Tim Fox left office Monday after leading the Montana Department of Justice for two four-year terms. Fox spoke with MTPR’s Shaylee Ragar about the issues he prioritized, what challenges Montana still faces and what is next.

Joe Biden, official portrait, 2013.
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The Electoral College formally certified the election results Monday, affirming President-elect Joe Biden’s win. Montana’s Republican Congressional delegates have acknowledged the vote. 

Montana’s Republican congressmen have stood behind President Donald Trump over the last month as he challenged the election results in court.

Updated at 4:53 a.m. ET Saturday

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday night rejected an eleventh hour challenge to Joe Biden's election as president.

The court's action came in a one-page order, which said the complaint was denied "for lack of standing."

The U.S. The Supreme Court Friday rejected a Texas lawsuit that sought to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Multiple Montana political figures in recent days had taken sides in the case.

Before the decision Friday, Gov. Steve Bullock asked the court to reject the lawsuit. 

Montana’s Attorney General on Wednesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a Texas lawsuit attempting to challenge election results in four swing states that went for President elect Joe Biden. Congressmen Greg Gianforte Thursday also signed onto an amicus brief backing the challenge, along with 105 other Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Support of the lawsuit is the latest example of state GOP officials casting doubt on the November election results.

Montana's Election Results Confirmed

Dec 1, 2020

Montana officials certified the state’s election results on November 30.

“Alright, thank you very much. We are adjourned.”

In a meeting that stretched from morning to late afternoon, the Montana Board of State Canvassers confirmed results for every candidate and ballot initiative from each of the state’s 56 counties.

Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton says the process went smoothly without any surprises.

“So as of four o’clock this afternoon Montana is certified. Our election is complete,” Stapleton says.

Montanans across the state turned out in celebration and protest following several media outlets Saturday calling the presidential race for Joe Biden.

Drivers in downtown Missoula jubilantly honked their horns when news broke Saturday morning.

Shelby Gilfillan was so elated she grabbed a boom box and started an impromptu dance party on the south side of the Higgins Avenue Bridge:

"I feel like a weight’s been lifted off the country’s shoulders," she said. "Oh my gosh, my heart’s beating so fast."

A screen capture from Joe Biden's victory speech November 07, 2020, after several news organizations called the presidential race for Biden.
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Montanans across the state turned out in celebration and protest following several media outlets Saturday calling the presidential race for Joe Biden.

Yellowstone Public Radio's Nicky Ouellet shares these scenes gathered by reporters from YPR and MTPR.