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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock entered the Democratic primary in May, months after many of his competitors. He has an excuse.

Democratic Candidate Kathleen Williams says she's raised more than $400,000 for her campaign for Montana's open US House seat in 2020
Corin Cates-Carney

Corrected 7/16/19 7:10 p.m.

The keynote speaker at Montana Democrats’ state convention this weekend said party is going to keep on losing if they don’t do more to convince rural voters to back them. 

Heidi Heitkamp, who won a U.S. Senate seat from North Dakota in 2012, but lost to a Republican by more than 10 points in 2018 says Democrats have ignored rural America at their own peril.

A tweet from Montana’s Republican Sen. Steve Daines supporting President Trump’s racist tweets about four members of Congress has gone viral.
Twittter screen capture, July 16, 2019.

A tweet from Montana’s Republican Sen. Steve Daines supporting President Trump’s racist tweets about four members of Congress has gone viral.

Governor Steve Bullock’s presidential campaign has raised more than $2 million since kicking off in mid-May. 

Sen. Daines Addressing Montana Energy Issues
File Photo

A third of Republican U.S. Senator Steve Daines’ financial support in the last three months has come from committees representing business, labor and other interest groups — the vast majority located outside of Montana.

Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines has reported raising more than $1 million over the last three months for his reelection bid in 2020.

All candidates in Montana races for the U.S. House and Senate were required to disclose their quarterly fundraising and spending Monday.

Kathleen Williams, Matt Rains and John Mues speak at the Montana Democrats' convention in Helena, July 12 & 13, 2019.
Corin Cates-Carney. / Montana Public Radio

Montana Democrats held their state convention in Helena over the weekend. They heard from nearly a dozen candidates for statewide and federal office, and from a former U.S. senator who told them the party needs to pay more attention to rural voters if it wants to win in the 2020 elections.

Montana Public Radio's Corin Cates-Carney covered the convention, as did freelance reporter Alex Sakariassen. They joined John Adams of the Montana Free Press to talk about what they saw. 

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock speaking at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair, August 16, 2018.
Clay Masters / Iowa Public Radio

Gov. Steve Bullock’s presidential campaign has agreed to pay for the travel, lodging and meals of the Montana Highway Patrol security detail accompanying him on out-of-state campaign travel.

Bullock’s official staff signed-off on an agreement earlier this month to pay for the expenses after Attorney General Tim Fox ordered a stop to the security. As of publication time the exact cost of the security detail has not been made public. 

Eric Whitney

This weekend Montana Democrats will convene in Helena to begin strategizing how to appeal to voters in the 2020 election. They’ll elect party leadership, who will guide fundraising and candidate recruitment.

State Democrats have struggled to gain significant political ground in recent elections. Next year will be another big test of the party’s appeal to voters.

Libertarian Rick Breckenridge, left, got 2.9% of the vote in Montana's 2018 US Senate race against Republican Matt Rosendale, center, and Democrat Jon Tester
MTN News

Montana’s Libertarian Party is starting its 2020 election planning this weekend with a convention in Great Falls.

Montanans have never elected a Libertarian to a legislative or statewide public office.

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