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Record Turnout Pushed Montana Republican Sweep

Nov 5, 2020

High turnout in Republican strongholds contributed to a GOP sweep of top-tier and down ballot races in Montana.

Although results weren’t final as of Wednesday afternoon, Montana State University political scientist Eric Raile says the GOP exceeded pre-election poll expectations.

“I think the story of the election so far is that Republicans won just about everything. If you look at the federal races, you look at the statewide races, you look at what majorities are going to be in the state Senate and state House, Republicans have done very well for themselves," Raile says.

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Cannabis in jars. Stock photo.

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A 2020 Montana general election ballot.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

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Matt Rosendale.

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Greg Gianforte speaks to supporters in an open-air tent outside Hilton Garden Inn in Bozeman, shortly after the AP called the governor's race in his favor, Nov. 03, 2020.
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

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Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Daines addresses a crowd of more than 100 supporters in an open-air tent outside the Hilton Garden Inn in Bozeman, Nov. 03, 2020.
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

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Lauri Kindness, regional organizer for Western Native Voice, stands behind their voter pop-up station across the street from Big Horn County's courthouse in Hardin. A ballot drop off box at the county courthouse in Hardin, MT, November 3, 2020.
Kaitlyn Nicholas / Yellowstone Public Radio

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A Lewis and Clark County election official prepares to give a sticker to a "park and go" voter outside the City/County Building on Nov. 3, 2020.
Kevin Trevellyan / Yellowstone Public Radio

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